Transitioning Your Garden from Winter to Spring

Gardening is such a great way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and brighten up your home! If you are looking for ways to transition your garden from winter to spring, California Certified Nursery Professional Kathie Wickham has lots of helpful tips for plants to consider using in your garden to cultivate beautiful landscaping. Continue reading to learn about Kathie’s tried and true methods for transitioning your garden!


Let’s look at the next few months and see what garden chores lie ahead…

JANUARY may drop a few degrees, and this month is the perfect time to plant “bareroot” roses and fruit trees. These plants are sold wrapped without soil, so it is important to get them in the ground quickly. The selection will be good, and the bareroot prices will be cheaper than potted plants. A few prolific fruit tree winners are Babcock Peaches, Santa Rosa Plums, and Goldkist Apricots.

This month, check out new rose varieties for 2018:

Parade Day – Large pink rose with white petal

Easy Spirit – Large fragrant white rose

It’s also a good idea to prune roses and deciduous fruit trees in January. There are many tutorials online to make you look like a pro.

You can plant winter vegetables now, and pony packs from the local garden center will give you up to six plants for a few dollars. Try leaf lettuce, kale, onions, cabbage, beets and carrots.

FEBRUARY is a good time to plant some color if you haven’t already. Violas, pansies, delphinium, snapdragons, stock and cyclamen are beautiful bloomers in the cooler months. They will work in the ground or in containers if you need to save space!

This is also the time to prune trees and shrubs in the yard to shape them, because the next few months will bring a rush of growth. Don’t trim the new buds off your fruit trees; that is your future harvest!

MARCH is a busy month when your yard will really start growing! It’s time to deadhead your flowers, or in other words, remove old blooms to encourage new ones by cutting off the flower stem below the dead flower and just above the first set of new, healthy leaves.

Apply a pre-emergent weed killer to flower beds and borders to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Fertilize citrus and avocado trees now and through the warm months.

A granular fertilizer will green up an established lawn. Be sure to follow label directions, because too much fertilizer can burn the beautiful green grass your neighbors envy!

Watch for slugs and snails, and put bait out. Make sure you use a product safe for pets if Spot runs in the yard.

It’s time to clean off the patio furniture, because Spring and Summer are right around the corner!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily shared by the SAMLARC Board of Directors or FirstService Residential California, LLC.


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