Rolling with Weather Changes

Springtime in Colorado is a roller-coaster of weather with warm, sunny days followed by blustery or snowy days with chilly temps. Nevertheless, we can still use the ups and downs of the temperature swings to accomplish different gardening tasks that will all pay off when the growing season is here to stay.


For the sunny, warm days

  • Clean up winter debris in and around the veggie garden and other bed areas.

  • Add compost and till garden areas where you will be planting warm season veggies and herbs later.

  • Do NOT prune any spring-flowering trees, shrubs or perennials. Fruit trees, crabapple trees, and lilac bushes are all in this do-not-touch category.

  • Fertilize emerging bulbs such as tulips and daffodils with a bulb fertilizer.


For the chilly days

  • Schedule services that you will not do yourself. These include getting on a weed control service schedule and getting the lawn mower in the shop for maintenance and blade sharpening.

  • If you are planning to renovate or do upgrades in your yard, schedule a time to meet with a landscape designer now so that you can get on someone's schedule before they book up for the season.

  • Inventory tools and equipment if you haven't already. Sharpen shovels and hoes, replace handles and worn-out equipment.

  • Review last year's garden plan and revise this year's plan accordingly. Learn from what worked last year and what didn't work.

  • Place online orders soon in order to have the best selection available.



References

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (2020, March 20). Tip of the Week: Rolling with the changes. https://www.alcc.com/tip-of-the-week-email



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