While spring still feels ages away, those of us who love to work in the landscape are itching for what we can do between snow storms. Below is our list of what you can do now & how to plan for the spring:
- Submit a soil test for lawns and gardens. Wait for a warm(er) day to get a good sample and submit through GreenWeaver or Penn State Extension. It will take a few weeks to get it back.
- Empty rain barrels and disconnect them from downspouts for the winter months. Leave the spigots open. This should have been done before the first heavy freeze, but better late than never.
- Clear invasive species from during the winter while they are easy to identify. Burning Bush has the tell-tale “wings”; Japanese Honeysuckle still has green leaves; Multiflora Rose has easily identifiable green stems.
- Prune trees & shrubs while they are still dormant. An added bonus: its easy to see their silhouettes right now! If you’re unsure of what to do, call GreenWeaver for help.
- Sharpen your tools like pruners, trowels, and shovels.
- Make a list of tools and accessories you need for the upcoming season. Check out your local garden center for new gloves or a weed basket. Reach out to GreenWeaver for a custom compost bin or raised bed.
- Clean gutters, downspouts, and storm drains before each winter storm.
- Keep up with snow & ice in the least toxic ways possible.
- Start your cool season veggies indoors. Collect what you need first- peat pots, seeds, soil, trays, etc.; then plant as directed.
- Schedule your spring cleanup or bi-weekly gardening. The calendar fills up quickly this time of year!
- Flip through magazines, blogs, & Houzz to start planning your dream garden.
- Contact GreenWeaver’s talented design team to make those plans come to life!