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GLT's Grow: Spring To-Do List

Spring flowers
Robbie Sproule
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Amid this nice array of spring flowers there's a great opportunity to apply some mulch.

Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

  • Time to do a weed and feed application on your turf.
  • You can also get started on a compost station. Now's the time for setting that up so that you have a place to put the grass clippings, spent flower heads and the like. Put it in the backyard and make sure it has full sun.
  • Get to mulching! Put the mulch in before your tender plantings so you won't have to worry about mulch application smashing young plants.
  • Repair damage done by snow plows and de-icing agents. You might have to fill in a dent put there by a snow plow. If the turf has too much de-icer exposure, cut the turf away and replace it.
  • Test your irrigation system and do a test run.
  • Remove old tree stakes.
  • Prep for bedding plants. Cultivate the soil and add peat moss.

GLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy and co-host Laura Kennedy are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

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Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.