The weather has finally cleared up and now is the time to get out in the yard and get your hands dirty.
Start on the flowerbeds by pulling out the weeds that have magically popped up in the last two months. Be sure to get the taproot (main feeding root) of the plant and pull. Place the pulled weeds in a yard waste container – don’t discard them in the bed.
You may also want to cut in the edge to your flowerbeds if you don’t have something that separates the grass from the bed. A square spade or shovel will work great for that job.
After the beds have been cleaned, try trimming or pruning the perennials from last year (best to do in early March). If necessary, trim any bushes or trees that are blocking your house number. The number should be visible from the road in case of an emergency since blocked house numbers prevent speedy service from emergency responders.
Some perennials may be split and moved prior to popping too far out of the ground too. Share them with your neighbor, as your neighbor may have some nice perennials they may want to share with you.
Once the beds are cleaned up, it is time to put down mulch. Some people use a weed barrier fabric and others just put the mulch down thick. Either way, start closest to the house and work out toward the grass. Do not pile mulch too high against the house, as subterranean termites may build mud tunnels along the house. Hidden behind the mulch, these buggers may go undetected.
After mulching, put down a weed inhibitor such as Preen. Sprinkle it on the mulch as directed.
You will have months of beautiful beds with a little effort this time of the year.
– Steve and Lynn Castle
CAPTION: Lynn and Steve Castle, owners of Castle’s Garden Center