- Spring is right around the corner and here at Osuna Nursery we are getting excited and gearing up for a great spring season. I think we might be catching “Spring Fever”! A few early preparations will go a long way to helping us achieve season long benefits.
- Soil prep and build up can be done with composts and manures. It adds organic matter and nutrients necessary for lush, healthy growth. Our soils are very alkaline, so it’s essential to improve the quality of our soils. You can top dress more established areas or turn in composts or manures in bed you will be planting soon. Manure should be used only in early spring. That will give it enough time to break down before the heat hits.
- Cleaning up perennial beds can start soon. You will see new low undergrowth on your perennial plants that have wintered over. The old growth still on them can be cleaned up soon before they start this seasons growth. Watch out for bulbs that are just starting to come up.
- Raking and/or dethatching your lawn can help bring light and air into your soil. We have had a very dry winter this year so it would benefit your lawn to up the watering a little bit to once a week. Limited fertilization can start up again in March.
- Late winter and early spring is a opportune time to plant trees and shrubs. Be sure to follow our planting guidelines, as this will help your plants to thrive in the years to come. The roots will still grow during the winter, just a little slower. This will also be easier on your trees and shrubs when the spring winds blow in and our hot summer is upon us.
- Pruning of trees and shrubs should be done in January and February. See Osuna’s Monthly Gardening Tips for guidelines. Ornamental grass should also be cut back at this time. Spraying Dormant Oil or Horticultural Oil at this time will help to eliminate any over wintering pests, especially on fruit trees.
- Planting seeds is a great way to start up the growing season. You can grow many varieties of vegetables and flowers, even some that may be hard to find and have the satisfaction of watching them from the start.
Albuquerque will be blooming again soon!