Landscape Logic column: The spring wake-up call
Know your zone
The USDA Plant Hardiness zone map provides information to help gardeners and others plant based on average low temperature range during the winter.
VIsit http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx to find your zone.
Lingering snow and cold temperatures tell us our yards are still down for their long winter’s nap. But thankfully, that hibernation will soon end. Spring is just weeks away and gardeners with months of pent-up demand are anxious to get their hands back in the dirt.
It’s almost time to celebrate spring and the 2015 growing season!
Right now, we can use this transition time to get things in order. Here are a few tips to get you started.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
• If shovels and other tools were put in the shed last fall without a good cleaning, get out the steel wool to remove rust and oil them up for a fresh start.
• Sharpen the blade on the lawn mower and take it in soon for a spring service.
• Update with ergonomic tools. Take an early trip to the garden center before it’s time to buy plants and look for user-friendly toils that relieve the stress and strain on your body, especially your back. While gardening is a healthy activity, it’s also one where countless small to serious injuries occur each season. This year, take steps to minimize the damage with tools that are body-friendly.
Soon, many of the warehouse stores will have boxed bare root plants for sale that are too early for planting in Colorado and may not be the best selection of plants for our climate and growing conditions. Resist the temptation to purchase plants too early — and make sure that what you consider purchasing is suitable for local growing conditions.
KNOW YOUR ZONE
The USDA Plant Hardiness zone map provides information to help gardeners and others plant based on average winter temperatures. Know your plant hardiness zone and use it as a reference guide when considering new plants. Also know that the zone designations are an average guideline and not a guarantee that plants noted for your zone will survive. A record-breaking low temperature more characteristic of another zone, for example, can damage or kill plants within their designated zone. Consult the zone map for guidance — but remember it’s not a guarantee, especially in the high country.
Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970-468-0340.
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