Prepare your garden and landscape for the transition to spring

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Prepare your garden and landscape for the transition to spring

Prepare your garden and landscape for the transition to spring

As we edge ever close to spring and getting back to serious gardening, here is a list of things to do this week to prepare.

  • If you do nothing else in your garden this winter, do this — pull those weeds before they go to seed and create a real problem. The good news is that winter weeds usually are easier to pull than their summer cousins.
  • With the recent rains, inspect your garden and yards for containers that have collected water. In Northern California, there is no such thing as a season without mosquitoes, and that standing water is just what they need to lay their eggs.
  • You know that stack of clay pots you emptied out of a couple of months ago? You’re going to be needing them soon so clean them with soapy water and a wire brush. Dry thoroughly and then rub them with linseed oil. You might need a couple of coats.
  • We tell you this every year, and people still don’t believe us, but now is a good time to put out a couple of yellowjacket bait stations. The queens will be heading out any time now to establish a new nest, and the bait stations will help prevent them from settling in your yard.
  • If you notice any freeze damage on your citrus trees or other frost-sensitive plants, resist the urge to prune it off. We’re not yet out of frost danger, and if you prune, you’ll encourage new growth, which won’t withstand a cold snap.
  • If the weather is dry, you can add a healthy amount of compost to your vegetable beds to prepare them for planting. Believe it or not, that will be in just a short couple of months.
  • And speaking of summer planting, get a head start by starting tomato, eggplant, onion , parsley and pepper seeds indoors.

— Contra Costa Master Gardeners contributed to this report.

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Published at Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:00:27 +0000