Dr. Dirt: Spring snow is good for plants

The early spring snow is a good source of nitrogen for plants, which is good news.

The bad news is that most gardening activities have been halted. Last Saturday, the ground was in pretty good shape, moisture wise, so Dr. Dirt rototilled his garden.  Once the soil dries, the early spring vegetables can be planted. So, be prepared to plant vegetables like beets, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach and turnips.  Perennials like asparagus and rhubarb can be planted now.  Go with the all-male asparagus varieties. 

Evergreens can be pruned anytime the wood isn't frozen.  People are out canvasing neighborhoods looking for tree topping jobs, but topping is the last thing you want to do to trees. The practice has become so common that many believe this is the way to go.  Tree work is dangerous, so go with a professional arborist with a BIG truck pulling a chipper. 

A pick-up truck tree pruner may be a bargain, but destructive to your trees!!!  Lawn rolling is a bad practice, but many people still persist in doing it. In general, shrubs and trees have had a rough time with three summers of dry weather.  Fertilizing now will go a long way in helping them recover.

Happy Gardening, Dr. Dirt

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