Sure, spring is officially underway, but our weather has been erratic lately so many Blaine gardens sit, waiting. The weather folks say that we’re in for rain or cloudy weather through Friday here in Blaine. This coming weekend, however, looks quite promising if you’ve been longing to get out in the garden. Look for sunshine and a high of 79 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday. Yeah – ideal gardening weather.
Since new growth can be damaged by frost, you don’t want to cut back or prune any frost-sensitive shrubs or other plants until after the first week in May. But there are lots of other things you can get done this weekend.
1. Get out there and clean up your perennials. It may be too early to cut them back, but you can remove old mulch, spent seed stalks and anything dead on the soil that may be providing harbor to pests and disease.
2. When the lawn dries out, give it a good raking to get rid of all the debris that flew in over the winter. Bonus: this helps aerate the soil.
3. Wash your bird feeders.
4. Draw up a plan of your spring beds or make a list of what needs to be done to revitalize the existing ones.
5. If the soil has thawed, dig some compost or well-rotted manure into the existing beds.
6. If you got a jumpstart on spring and a cold weather snap hits (which wouldn’t be at all unusual), protect your vegetables and flowers. You can do this in a number of ways, such as purchasing a tunnel cover from a gardening center and erecting it over the plants you want to protect. Without protection, you’ll lose the flowers of anything in bloom, but unless we have a serious frost, the plants themselves should be ok.
Malmborg’s Garden Center has a nifty guide to what else you can do in your April garden in Blaine.