Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...
- Prune grapes and bramble fruits.
- Bring branches of forsythia, quince, pussy willow and flowering cherry inside to force blooms. Put in water and be sure to change water every 4 days.
- Apply weed pre-emergent to control chickweed and dandelion; spot spray broadleaf weeds.
- Sow broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and cabbage seeds inside.
- Gardening burns 350 calories per hour; running the Race for Top Dog 5K will burn 300-400 calories.
- Plant trees, shrubs and perennials.
- Prune diseased, dead and crossed branches on trees and shrubs before the leaves emerge.
- Divide summer and fall blooming perennials. Clean up old foliage to prevent spreading disease.
- Lawns: begin fertilizing (1/2 lb. nitrogen per 1000 square feet); spot spray broadleaf weeds.
- Raking burns 250 calories per hour.
- When shopping for annuals and perennials at the Spring Plant Sale, look for ‘Proven Winner’ varieties. These have been tested for improved blooming, form and disease resistance.
- Look for insect damage on Azaleas (lacebugs) and Boxwoods (leaf minor) and treat with Merit systemic insecticide.
- Prune spring blooming shrubs AFTER they bloom.
- Lawns: continue March fertilizer schedule; re-apply pre-emergent late in month.
- Push-mowing your lawn will burn 300 calories per hour.