As spring marches forward, your yard and garden might need some attention for proper growth and bounty. We’ve put together some tips to help make your lawn lush and green this summer and the soil in your garden ready for seeds and starts, whether you live in Albany, Sequim, or Redmond.
Check out Gardening with Greta
Last year, she shared her gardening tips all year long. Read her tips for March, April, and May and put them to use in your own garden. We’ve also put together a guide for native plants and gardening in specific regions of the Northwest.
If you’re unsure what region you live in, check out this list of maps developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with Oregon State University. Keep in mind, that most of Oregon and Washington lie in zones 6 through 9 with a few pockets dipping down into zone 5, where temperatures can reach -20º Fahrenheit.
Preparing Your Garden
As the warmer weather comes to your region, prepare your garden soil by adding nutrients. Up to 2” of organic materials can also be beneficial. Then, once your soil reaches 60ºF without freezing at night, you can start to plant specific crops, such as beans, sweet corn, onions, and radishes. This is also a good time of year to plant some marigolds in the garden to deter insects all summer long.
A few other tips include:
- Adding fertilizer to trailing berries as well as berry bushes.
- Adding compost to perennial vegetables.
- Cutting ornamental grasses to just a few inches above the ground.
- In eastern areas of each state, prune deciduous trees and shrubs.
- To get a bigger bounty and keep out pests, add some roses to nearby flowerbeds. On the west side of the Cascade range, you’ll want to plant new roses in March. The east side of both Oregon and Washington might need to wait until April or May, depending on when the ground starts to thaw.
- You’ll also want to remove slugs from garden and planting areas and spray dogwood, sycamore, hawthorn, and willow trees to reduce fungus diseases.
Caring for Your Lawn
Check out our article on Loving Your Lawn, in addition to these month-long tips for a wonderful lawn:
March: Depending on your climate, you could begin mowing and fertilizing your lawn. Go over your whole lawn removing debris and dead grass. Bag everything you collect or add it to your composter. Try a turf-building fertilizer and a pre-emergent herbicide. This will help control crabgrass and other weeds. If your lawn has developed some mossy spots, kill it off with moss killer.
April: As your lawn starts to grow, lower the blade on your mower and remove all the grass clippings after every mowing. Now is a good time to aerate and dethatch the lawn and add seed to bare patches.
Coastal is Your Springtime Yard and Garden Headquarters
Your Northwest owned and operated Coastal has mowers, fertilizers, weed killer, yard and garden tools, as well as seeds, starts, and soil to get your yard and garden ready for the coming months. While you’re there, pick up all the clothing you need to stay comfortable while working outside.