Now is the Time to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring


Have you driven past other houses, gazed at the gardens, and thought HOW DO THEY DO THAT?

We’re here to help.

If you’re aching to have a beautiful garden in the spring time, now is the time to get buys.

Horticulturist Jeanie Gillis of Pine Tree Nursery has your homework sheet for the month of September:

The air is cool; the sky is blue, time to get back to planting!

· Bulbs are easy: Dig Drop Done! Daffodils are the most pest resistant, Tulips are the most romantic and Giant Alliums are the statement makers.

· Dig a hole: approximately 3 times the size of bulb.

· Place bulbs in hole, pointy side up.

· Cover with soil.

For adding wow to you garden pick the most visible spot and fill with bulbs; entry door, driveway entrance, or the view from the kitchen window.

If adding bulbs over the time and you can’t remember where they are; dig a trench load up with bulbs, then after they bloom next spring, transplant to the bare bulbs spots in your garden.

· Now is a great time to fertilize, reseed and aerate your lawn.

· Continue deadheading and pruning your annuals as here on the Cape they will bloom right through fall.

· Harvest your herbs and dry them in the microwave… short settings on high.

· Use your phone to take lots of pictures of your successes so you can repeat next year.

· If you are a foodie stop in to Pine Tree Nursery to pick up a Crocus sativus bulb and grow your own saffron.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do in your garden, the folks at Pine Tree Nursery can help you choose.

Before you arrive, Jeanie suggests taking a walk or drive in other neighborhoods to get some inspiration. Here at CapeCod.com we always think “garden gazing” is a great idea!

By Rebecca Romo, Lifestyle Reporter CapeCod.com

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