Is Your Wenatchee Garden Ready for Spring?
Did you know?
Though you don't want to get overzealous too early, there are things you can do now to ensure that your garden is beautiful and bountiful this spring through fall.
The Clean Up
- Rake dead leaves and remove twigs and other winter debris build up. This will allow sunlight and air into the soil, preparing it for planting. This will also help your grass get an early start on the spring growing.
- Remove any perennials that didn't survive the winter—plant new ones in their place. Cut back any dead foliage on living plants. Trimmings can be composted.
- Prune rose bushes before they grow new leaves and remove any winter protection you used over rose beds.
- Weeds don't wait for the warmer weather. As soon as you see one, get rid of it. Weeding when their roots are still shallow is not only easier, it will make weeding later lighter.
- Prepare Your Foundation
Don't dig in beds too early. You can damage soil if you manipulate it when it's still in dormant, winter mode. However, when it's warm enough that soil breaks apart easily when picked up, you can start top dressing your beds with compost or manure.
- If your soil needs lime, it's best to lay it out at least two weeks before planting anything. During heavy rains, cover your limed soil to prevent run-off.
- Start Planting!
Once soil is crumbly and free of ice crystals, it's ready for early spring vegetables such as peas, lettuce, spinach, and leeks.
- Plant any daffodils, crocuses, or tulips you forced in a pot. Though they may take at least another season to fully bloom, early spring is the optimal time to put them in the ground.
- When perennial shoots are two to four inches tall, they are ready for dividing.
Deal with Unwanted GuestsStaging your Wenatchee Home for Spring
The best offense is a good defense… especially when it comes to garden invaders like aphids and spider mites. An early spring application of pesticide or oil on ornamental trees with a history of infestation can prevent later visits from these pesky critters. Applying horticultural oil sprays to apple and pear trees can help keep disease and bugs away as well.
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