Sprout.There are some extremely important tasks that need to be addressed this gardening season.Start some flowers and other garden plants from seeds weeks before it’s warm enough to transplant them outside. Plants started from seed generally cost far less than you end up paying at the garden store. The timing of planting is really crucial and you must determine when to start plants indoors . Seed packets of those plants which are commonly started indoors usually contain special instructions for when and how to do it.

You can repurpose many would-be throwaway items — including cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, newspaper, egg cartons and even half-eggshells — to serve as miniature, biodegradable seedling pots. Some of the most common plants started from seeds indoors include tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, eggplant and a wide variety of flowers and herbs. If you’re short on sunny window space consider building a simple cold frame in your yard as a place to start seeds up to six weeks before planting season. You can find designs online of how to build cold frames out of inexpensive materials like bales of hay, scrap lumber, plastic sheeting and old windows.

It is time to take your lawnmower and go for its repair and maintenance as the mowing season is fast approaching. Also take good care of other gardening equipments and ensure their proper repair and maintenance.

When the first signs of new growth and plants coming back to life start to emerge in the spring, you can bet a wide variety of weeds will be among them. As soon as the soil is no longer frozen — usually weeks before the last frost — start cultivating the surface soil in areas prone to weed growth to make it harder for them to take root, and then mulch over those areas immediately to keep weeds at bay.  Pull hard-to-kill weeds and plants like dandelions, dock weed and even poison ivy. Weeds are only going to get bigger, stronger and harder to eradicate as the growing season continues, so literally nipping them in the bud will save you time and expensive herbicides in the months ahead. Stock up on rock salt, which is often marked way down at home centers when the last threat of icy weather has passed, and sprinkle it on gravel driveways and paths in the spring to keep weeds from taking over.

Leaves can serve as a protective mulch that can help some plants survive the harsh winter weather. But as new plant growth begins, matted leaves from last year can inhibit plant growth and promote pest problems and some plant diseases. Consider composting last year’s leaves and yard debris — they’re already well on their way to decomposing — or shred them to use as mulch. If you have a mulching lawn mower, simply mow over any leaves still on the lawn so that the nutrients can return to the soil.

Many perennials — plants that continue living for multiple years, including most trees and shrubs — can benefit from some attention this time of year. Perennials can add significant value to your home. Eearly spring is a good time to prune many types of trees and shrubs. Ornamental grasses should be cut back before new growth appears in the spring, and fruit trees should be pruned and thinned before new growth develops. You can even divide some types of perennials, like Siberian iris, yarrow, asters and many hostas, in the early spring.

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