Early Spring Gardener’s Calendar

* Plan your summer vegetable and herb garden. We offer a wide selection of seeds that include all of your favorite annuals, perennials, vegetables and other novelties as well as many hard-to-find selections. Inventory your pots and flats and discard unusable ones. Make a list of the supplies you will need. Have your garden soil tested for nutrient content. We offer a variety of do-it-yourself soil test kits.

* Prune woody plants while dormant, including fruit trees, summer- and fall-blooming shrubs and vines. Limit pruning of spring-blooming trees and shrubs to the removal of sucker growth and rubbing or broken branches. Spray trees and shrubs with year-round horticultural oil to reduce insect population.

* Sharpen, clean and oil tools and lawn mowers. Begin heavy annual pruning of shrub roses as new leaves appear.

* Plant pansies, English daisies and primrose as soon as the earth is workable. Plant strawberry plants. Sow cool-season vegetables and herbs in the garden.

* Start spring cleanup and begin major lawn work. Remove debris, dethatch your lawn or aerate compacted areas to improve water penetration.

* Spray needles and limbs of Arborvitae, fir, Juniper, pine, yew and spruce (except blue spruce) for spider mites with dormant oil. Spray dormant fruit trees and other deciduous trees and shrubs with dormant oil to prevent pest problems from overwintering pests and eggs.

* Apply fertilizer to perennials and roses with. Feed berry bushes, grapevines, rhubarb and asparagus with Sunnyside Gardens 8-16-8 fertilizer before new growth begins. Fertilize trees and shrubs.

*Apply Sunnyside Gardens 16-16-8 lawn fertilizer to feed the lawn and Bountiful Earth Humates to help break down thatch and make nutrients more available. 

* Continue spring cleanup. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide specified for gardens and scratch it in to prevent future weeds. Do not use in gardens where you will be direct seeding.

* Reseed bare spots in established lawns. Keep the area moist until seedlings appear, then mow when the new grass is 3? high.

* Prune forsythia and other spring-flowering trees & shrubs after the flowers fall.

* Dig and divide crowded early spring bulbs after they finish blooming and the foliage has died back. Enrich the soil with bone meal.

* Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers, and perennials.

* Transplant cool-season seedlings into the garden. When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, sow warm-season vegetable and herb seeds.

* Place gro-thru grids over peonies, grasses or any other perennials in need of support.