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Preparing Your Yard for Spring in Buffalo

Technically, we’re out of the snowy season.

So your thoughts might be turning to the outdoors - more specifically, your yard and sprucing it up.

Taking into account weather conditions, you might want to get started now, says Sean King, assistant yard manager at Adams Nursery & Garden Center in Lancaster.

“As long as the ground is not frozen, we’re okay to go out and do pretty much whatever we want in terms of cleaning things up and getting things ready in your yard,” he says.

Here are 5 ways you can get your yard ready for spring:

  1. Remove Debris

Remove leaves and debris from any drainage grates or paved surfaces.

“That way, whatever was on the ground and frozen starts to melt and flow.” King says.

  1. Inspect Plants

Inspect plants for broken branches and any damage from snow, wind or ice. You should prune any damaged or broken branches.

“If something is broken or damaged to the point  where it looks like it is eventually going to die or be susceptible to disease or insects, it is best to remove the broken branch or branches,” he says.

  1. Check on Smaller Plants

Make sure smaller plants haven’t moved from their positions – something that happens with the heaving and thawing cycle of the ground.

“Now is a good time to reposition them in the ground, and put them back in their place.  If need be, plant deeper and add a little bit of soil,” King says.

  1. Consider Particular Plants for Pruning and Tending To

This is a great time to prune fruit trees and grapevines.

“Before the buds open up and come to life, is when you want to get out and prune,” King suggests.

This is an optimal time for roses to be pruned. Cut any dead stem to the ground, then cut back any crisscrossing stems, until the plant is 6- to 10-inches high, King advises.

This is also the time to cut back lavender plants.

Any grasses left uncut from the previous season should be clipped to within 6-8” above the ground to get them ready for new growth. As for perennials that were left uncut from the previous season, they should be clipped to within an inch above the ground to get them ready for new growth, King says.

Take a look at flower bulbs (daffodils, tulips and the like) that are just starting to peek from the ground, and remove any clumps of soil that might be obstacles to their growth.

When the ground is no longer frozen, “There are a lot of perennials – for example hostas, daylilies and daisies, that can be divided and planted, as well,” King says. “It is an optimum time to do that.”

Weeds, of course, need to go.

“Weeds grow at different times of the year and some may have popped up during warm spells over the winter, or may have been left from the fall,” King says. “It’s never too early or too late to do that.”

  1. Attend to Tools

Sharpen and clean hand tools, such as rakes, garden spades, pruners and shears. A hand file can be used to sharpen, while rubbing alcohol will clean instruments, King says.

For gas-powered equipment, now’s a good time to fuel, change oil and filters, and sharpen motor blades.

“Oftentimes, people just kind of park things and let them go through the winter, whether it’s in a garage or shed or barn,” he says. “It’s always good to bring those things out before you use them for the first time to make sure everything is in working order; and that you’ve checked all the fluids and spark plugs and filters and things like that.”

Adams Nursery & Garden Center at 5799 Genesee in Lancaster has been named one of the Top 10 Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in New York State.

For more information about how you can get your yard ready for spring, Stop in & visit Adams Nursery at 5799 Genesee St, Lancaster, NY 14086 or visit their website at AdamsNurseries.com and click on the resources & tools tab.