What a beautiful time of year with the rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, forsythia and other spring-flowering plants reaching their peak of beauty. There are a few things one can do to help keep the garden looking its best this season. What is accomplished early in the season will help cut down on garden maintenance the rest of year.

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Give some attention to the lawn. The application of a spring type of lawn fertilizer should perk it up and improve overall color and appearance. If needed, us one that includes moss killer. Most lawns could use aerating now, and, if necessary, it is a good time to thatch. Applying new grass seed will help fill in the lawn and help deter moss and weeds. Use about one pound per 300 square feet.

PLANT FRUITS & BERRIES

Local garden outlets have their finest selection of fruit trees and berry plants this time of year. All types of fruits and berries do best when planted in full sun – consider a small back yard orchard this year!

VEGETABLES

Amazingly, it’s time to get the vegetable garden under way in earnest. Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish now. It’s also time to plant cool weather veggies: peas, carrots, beets, greens of all sorts, cauliflower, cabbage and more. Wait until later this month to plant beans, corn and other warm weather crops including tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and peppers.

SUMMER-FLOWERING BULBSsummer flowering bulbs

If you missed the fall window for planting spring flowering bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, you needn’t miss the opportunity to plant planting summer flowering bulbs including dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil.

TREES & SHRUBS

There is still time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants. Rockery perennials and hardy annuals can also be planted at this time.

PRUNING

The months of March, April and May are ideal for pruning or shearing evergreens such as junipers, conifer and cypress. However, if you cut back into bare branches it is sometimes difficult or impossible for the plant to regrow. Optimize your evergreens with an expert pruning by Evergreen Nursery’s landscaping crew!