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Posted on July 6th, 2011 at 2:45 PM by Newark Ohio Garden Club

There are many things you can do in the early spring to get your garden ready for summer.

First, take a walk around your garden and remove any trash, paper, branches or twigs that have blown or fallen into your yard during the winter.  Also rake and remove dead leaves in your yard.

Identify any plants that did not survive the winter and will need to be removed and replaced.  Remove any weeds from last year.  If you are not sure if it is a weed or not just wait a month or so and you should be able to determine if it should be removed.

Once the chance of frost has passed you can remove any straw, leaves or anything you put over your plants or bulbs in the fall.

You can also fertilize perennials and shrubs at this time.  If you are not sure what type of fertilizer you need you may want to consider having your soil tested at your local extension office.

Check your trees to see if they need to be pruned.  It is easier to see what needs to be pruned now before the leaves are out.

Remember to clean last years pots and containers.  Clean with warm water, bleach and dish soap.  Use a solution of nine parts water and one part bleach.  Be sure to rinse them thoroughly.

Check your garden tools to be sure they are clean, if they need to be sharpened or if any need to be replaced.

Spring is also an excellent time to plan your summer garden.   Start by thinking about what you want to plant and where you want to plant it.  It is very helpful to keep a garden diary to reference what worked where and what you might want to move or change next year.

By Sherry LeMaster