created on Dec 25, 2011
;Purchase any needed mulch, compost or other soil improvers, along with a good quality fertilizer to ensure a green, lush garden.
;Use garden loppers and clippers to prune shrubs and roses, and a garden shovel to dig holes for new plants. A hoe or garden rake can be used to smooth soil.
;Look for areas that could be improved, plants that need to be removed, and spots that are bare and need greenery.
;Now is the time to plan new flowerbeds, vegetable gardens or any other gardening projects.
;Erect trellises, finish laying a path or complete construction on any planned raised flowerbeds.
;Remove any debris, mulch or dead material left from the winter.
Soil amendments are added to correct specific problems. Peat moss will acidify the soil and retain moisture. Sand is added to improve drainage. Grass clippings or manure will break down quickly and add nutrients to the soil.
;Prune rosebushes and shrubs as soon as the danger of frost is past, removing dead branches and shaping plants for optimum growth.
;A good rose-specific fertilizer will get your roses off to a healthy start. Apply once new growth appears.
;Work an all-purpose granular fertilizer into the soil around shrubs.
These are sold in early spring at nurseries and garden centers, and are heavily pruned roses, packaged without soil. You will find the largest selection of roses during bare root season.
;Look for healthy shrubs as they become available at the nursery.
;Using a grass fertilizer that includes weed-killer will reduce your work later in the season.
;Seed any dead or bare patches with a blend of grass seeds suitable for your area.
;Now is the time to sharpen blades, change the oil and fill the gas tank.
;Replace any broken or missing edging materials to keep your lawn looking neat and make mowing easier.
;Start them indoors if in a cold-winter area; sow outdoors if in a mild-winter zone.
;Work soil thoroughly in flowerbeds, adding compost to the top few inches.
;Plant annuals or other small flowers once danger of frost is past.
;Fill your containers with spring and summer-blooming flowers.
;You will find the best selection of perennials at the nursery mid-to-late spring.
;Dig up and divide any perennials that have formed large clumps, grown too big for their space or are looking unhealthy.
;Remove branches that spoil the tree's shape, rub against other branches, or block pathways.
;Stake young trees between two supports for their first year's growth.
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