Garden Checklist for Spring

 
  • Time to finish up pruning your roses. Remove all damaged canes, pruning back to healthy green cane with white pith in the middle.  This may leave you only a few inches of good cane, but don’t worry your roses will soon make up for the lost cane.
  •  If your pruned roses have not leafed out yet, you can spray them with dormant oil to smother any over-wintering spores or insect eggs.
  •  Scratch in 2 cups of CCRS organic soil amendment around the base of each rose.
  •  If the weather is dry, be sure to keep your roses well hydrated.  The soil should be moist 4-5 inches down.
  •  Once the soil warms, add a 2 inch layer of organic mulch to your rose beds. You can use compost, chopped leaves, leaf mold, shred bark, etc.
  •  As your roses begin to leaf out, keep an eye out for aphids.  They love all that tender new growth.  You can wash aphids off with a quick blast from your hose, using your fingers to help dislodge them from stems.
  •  Caterpillars are often found munching on new rose buds or foliage.  A safe, biological solution to spray at the first sign of caterpillar damage is Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.).  Bonide or Monterey are two brands.
  •  Early spring is an excellent time to pull young weeds before they become too established or start to set seed.  A  good mulch will help smother many weed seedlings.
  •  Now is the time to dig an 8 inch trench around your beds to discourage grass from growing into them.