5 ways to satisfy Gardener's Itch as spring arrives
Plan, protect, prune, prepare, plant: all things you can do right now in Waterloo Region
With daytime temperatures in the single digits, it may not feel like spring; but according to the calendar, Waterloo Region is on the cusp of another growing season.
If your bare lawn and empty flower beds are giving you a Gardener's Itch, Perry Grobe of Grobe Nursery in Breslau has these "5-P" suggestions:
Thanks to February's thaw, crocus and daffodil shoots are already poking out of the ground, but freezing temperatures at night could kill those early starters. To protect them from the cold, spread a frost blanket over them; and if it snows, leave the shoots alone–the snow will actually insulate them from the cold.
Your lawn needs just as much TLC as your garden plants, so take some time to prepare it for summer. When the ground is dry, give it a good, vigorous rake to remove any old grass clippings; then, apply a general lawn fertilizer to add nutrients to the soil.
As long as there's no frost in the ground, you can plant any nursery plant. However, you may have a hard time finding anything at your local garden centre: Most nurseries don't stock spring plants until mid-April.