New England Winters: How to Prepare for Spring

13Although it may be the dead of winter, there is plenty to do in order to be fully prepared for the spring. Gardening is not over once the snow flies! Here are some helpful ideas to help you be prepared for the coming days of thawing and melting:

  • Inventory and order seeds. Figure out what you might want to try growing this year and make a list of seeds that you need to order. You may want to begin growing the seeds indoors first so that you have a head start on the season.
  • Inspect your Tools: Now is the time to sharpen any cutting or digging tools. This will make planting, pruning, and deadheading run much smoother and quicker. This is also a great time to check over your power tool to ensure they are in working order.
  • Pruning: Now is a great time to structurally prune any trees. The leaves are out of the way and you have a clearview of any branches that may be overlapping, touching, or cracking. If you have Lenten Roses growing, now is the time to remove the old stalks and leaves. The new leaves and blooms will be arriving shortly.
  • Antidesiccant Spray: February is known for harsh winds, frozen soil, and chilly temps. Now is a great time to do what you can to protect the leaves of your evergreens by spraying antidesiccant. Why is this important? The elements are leaching water from your evergreens. By spraying a waxy like cover on the leaves/needles, you are essentially armoring your evergreens against the elements.
  • Winter Ice Threats: Handle plants that have the potential of causing damage if a heavy snow or ice storm were to hit. It’s better to act ahead of time before things turn for the worse. If there is a tree that has termite-ridden limbs that are hanging over your deck or house, it might be wise to call in an arborist to care for the situation.