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Spring

Spring Lawn Care Guide

Spring is a sensitive time for your yard – the soil is spongy, the plants are tender, and the weather is unpredictable. Your lawn will thank you for being gentle this time of year, but it will also thank you for addressing a few important spring tasks. Read on to find out how to take care of your lawn in the spring.

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Newly planted spring vegetable garden.

How to Determine Spring Planting Time for Your Garden

Determining when to plant in the spring can be harder than predicting the ups and downs of the stock market. Part science and part superstition, deciding when to plant is the biggest decision of the year if you farm for a living. For the rest of us, it usually just means a little extra work and another stop at the nursery if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

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Spring Bulb Planting Depths

In order to have healthy plants and successful blooms, bulbs must be planted at the proper depth and spacing. It always pays to spend a few extra minutes to get things planted correctly, but with bulbs it’s even more important – too deep, or too shallow, and your bulbs may fail to bloom or not even sprout at all. Read on to find out what you need to know about the proper depths for planting spring bulbs.

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Ladybug beetle.

How to Deal with Ladybug Infestation

Susan asks, “I’m having a serious problem with ladybugs. Do you have any ideas for ridding my home of these beautiful insects?”

Prevention, along with regular removal, is the best strategy. Read on to find out more.

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Lettuce plants

Vegetable Garden: Growing Cool-Season Vegetables

Though we tend to regard summer as the heyday for growing vegetables, cool-season crops in the spring and fall can be just as rewarding. The cool daytime temperatures and occasional light frost yield the sweetest, crispest, most flavorful vegetables around. Read on to find out how to grow 10 cool-season vegetables in your yard.

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Tree branch blooming indoors in a vase.

How to Force Spring Branches to Bloom Indoors

If the late-winter blues have you begging for spring, try bringing some spring-flowering branches indoors for a bit of early color. Here are some tips for successfully forcing spring branches to bloom early in your house.

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Spring buds on flowering quince

Waiting for Spring

This time of year in the garden, most everything is hushed, hunkered down, waiting for spring. The trees and shrubs patiently tolerate bird feeders, decorations, and dustings of snow, but if you listen closely, you can almost hear the snoring. This is the time of year when a gardener has to practice trust, but I love to sneak around the winter garden and see if I can catch a glimpse of spring.

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Daffodils blooming

Early Spring Checklist for Your Yard

Spring is on the way, and warm weather is beginning to peek around the corner, inviting us outdoors and begging gardeners to get their hands dirty. Resist the urge to set out new plants, and use this promising season to pay a visit to your garden and tend to what’s already there.

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