There might be snow on the ground, but it also time to start thinking about preparing your garden and lawn for the spring months ahead. Being prepared will help alleviate stress when you are so busy this coming spring. This is a good time to get your lawn mower and garden tiller in shape. Changing the oil, spark plugs, sharpening blades and draining any old gas from the tank will help have your mower and tiller ready to go when you need them this spring. Keeping your garden and lawn equipment in good condition will prevent frustrations later this spring. February is also a good time to prune certain bushes, trees and shrubs make sure your pruning shears, saws and loppers are sharpened. A dull cut can cause injury to the tree. Trimming fruit trees will encourage healthier fruit and a better harvest.
Selecting your garden seed should be done at this time, if you wait too long the seed you want may not be available. If you choose to buy non hybrid seed, you can save the seed from the fruit and vegetables you harvest. Preventing you from having to buy seed in the future. Some local stores sell non hybrid seed or you may find them online. Once you have your seed you can start your plants inside to be ready for spring. Having a well lighted area is essential. If you do not have a well lighted area, you may have to purchase grow lights. By planting your own seeds it will save you money in the long run when it is time to plant your garden. It is not difficult and if you have children they will enjoy this educational experience.
This time of year is a beneficial to clean your garden beds and rake your yard. Once the snow has melted clear the leaves, twigs and debris from your garden beds. Place mulch in the areas avoiding covering the new growth of spring time flowers. Placing the mulch down at this time will smother the winter weeds as well. Using an old fashion leaf rake to rake your lawn will help prepare your lawn for winter. Do not use a dethatcher or a power rake as it may harm your lawn.
If you are considering planting rose, fruits, shrubs or ornamental trees they will need to be planted in March. Selecting these plants this month will have you prepared to plant them in March. Check all your garden hoes for leaks and replace any worn out washers. Last but not least don’t forget the bird feeders and bird baths. Make sure you replenish food and water for our feathered friends. Once you have completed your “to do” list you will be ready to enjoy the fun in the sun this spring.