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Here are nine, gorgeous spring perennials that you can plant every weekend until Halloween.
Plan ahead and take care of these chores to give your backyard a head start next spring.
Wait to prune lilacs or viburnums until after they are done blooming. Don’t wait too long after blooming. They will start setting buds during the summer. Best time to prune them is within two to three weeks after the bloom.
Don’t prune evergreens just yet. You will be cutting off new growth. Best time to prune evergreens is late March or early April. Light pruning can be done around July 4th.
If you haven’t already, blow leaves and other debris out of the plant beds. Fluff the hardwood mulch lightly. A mulch depth of 3 inches is ideal. Top-dress the mulch if necessary. Pull mulch back from the bases of trees to prevent mold and decay.
Your lawn has just started growing. You will have a stronger, healthier lawn if it is allowed green up on its own. You can fertilize at the end of May. Aerate and leave the plugs on the lawn. Do not de-thatch. You will shred the still-tender growth. De-thatching is a chore usually done in the fall.
Be careful about planting summer annuals such as begonias, dianthus, coleus, celosia, impatiens, petunias, etc. until after Mother’s Day. Climatologically speaking, we can still get frost in the 3rd week of May. Remember, the temperature does not have to be below freezing. A calm night with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-30s would do it.
Fertilizing can be done at any time of the year, but experts agree that the best time for this chore is in the fall.
Step-by-step guide to planting fall flower bulbs in Minnesota. Once planted, most bulbs need little maintenance and will reward you with a show of color every spring.