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General Spring Season Tips:
- Begin feeding bulbs with liquid fertilizer as they emerge from the ground.
- Remove dead leaves from hostas.
- Prune summer-flowering shrubs in early spring before new growth, since they usually bloom from new wood.
April/May Gardening Tips
- Uncover and remove winter mulch from roses, spring bulbs, and perennials.
- Divide and replant overgrown perennials.
- Till flower and vegetable garden soil and add composted cow manure, rice hulls, peat moss, or composted leaves.
- Plant frost-tolerant pansies and Johnny-jump-ups for early spring color.
- Plant trees and shrubs as soon as the ground is dry enough for digging; late frost and snow will not hurt newly planted trees.
- Apply fresh mulch around trees and shrubs for weed control.
- Prune hedges and summer-flowering shrubs. Check for damage and remove broken branches.
- Remove tree wrap when snow melts.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs.
- Wait until the ground is frost free before removing mulch; if temperatures rise early in the season, remove part of the mulch but leave at least two to three inches.
- Till or spade the soil deeply; if desired, add a slow-release flower-garden fertilizer.
- Evergreens can be pruned at almost any time except late in the growing season.
- Work fertilizer into vegetable and flower gardens before they are planted.
- Fertilize roses and begin maintenance program against black spot and mildew.
- Mulch flower gardens to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.
- Plant Minnesota Grown annuals and geraniums after frost is no longer a danger.
- Apply pre-emergent weed control in shrub and planting beds.
- Remove accumulated leaves and debris from underneath evergreens and shrubs.
- Prune forsythia, azaleas, and lilacs after they have flowered; all spring-flowering shrubs should be pruned right after flowering.
- Make sure freshly planted trees and shrubs are watered weekly, especially during dry periods. Continue to water through the season.
- Fertilize established trees, evergreens, and shrubs. Start a fertilizer program.
- Rake, overseed, and fertilize the lawn. Avoid applying crabgrass preventer to newly overseeded areas.
- Seed new lawns while nights are still cool and the weather is wet.
- Control dandelions and creeping Charlie by applying herbicide before heads are formed.
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Summer Gardening Tips:
- Deadheading (removing faded flowers and seed heads) directs the plant’s energy to more flowering rather than to producing seeds. It’s especially recommended for annuals.
- Pinch back phlox, asters, and mums to make them more flower-productive.
- Fertilizers are best applied to azaleas, rhododendrons, and blueberries in spring or early summer.
- Use grass clippings as mulch around flowers. Do not use those that have had herbicides applied.
- Apply slow-release fertilizer in midsummer to provide good plant performance until frost.
- Stake larger varieties of perennials such as delphiniums.
- In June -
Trim evergreens and hedges.
Prune pines, spruce, and fir trees.
- Remove spring bulb foliage as it browns.
- If spring-flowering bulbs aren’t doing well, dig up bulbs after the foliage has died and divide.
- Before late summer, transplant and divide perennials.
- Continue to water young trees and shrubs weekly.
Fall Gardening Tips
- Plant perennials. Fall installation gives plants time to develop a strong root system. Most perennials flower in the spring; if planted then, they may not bloom the first year.
- Split and replant overgrown bulbs. Dig up the bulb after the foliage has died and allow it to dry thoroughly. After drying, bulbs can be split and replanted.
- Cut perennials to the ground after hard frost and use foliage for compost.
- September - Take advantage of cooler weather to plant trees, shrubs and evergreens; use root-stimulating fertlilizers to promote root growth.
- Divide and replant perennials such as peonies and irises.
- Water young trees and shrubs.
- Now is the best time to seed new lawn, patch bare spots, and install sod. There isn’t as much competition with weed seeds now. Do it before September 15.
- Plant chrysanthemums, pansies, asters, and flowering kale for fall color.
- Remove dead annuals and add them to compost.
- Cover tender roses before temperatures dip below 25 degrees.
- Mow lawn until frost stops growth – tall, matted grass encourages snow mold.
- Wrap young and thin-barked trees to protect against sunscald and animals.
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