It looks like spring has arrived early this year in Cincinnati! With temperatures steadily in the 60’s and even breaching the 70 degree mark, the ground is now thawed. What does this mean from a landscaping and gardening company perspective? It’s time to prepare!
As soon as the ground thaws, we can begin preparing gardens for the growing season. To start, old plants should be removed one of two ways.
1. Pull them out and toss them on a compost pile.
2. Till them.
With or without old plants, garden soil must be turned over deeply in every plot. It’s also important to add generous amounts of grass clippings and chopped leaves (hopefully you saved them from your yard clean-up last fall! If not, we have some available.) This may seem like a lot of work, but the weather gives us a chance to get outside, get some exercise and most importantly get a head start on gardening!
The next step is giving the soil (and the gardener!) a short rest, allowing it to settle and level out. After this, it’s prepared for the first seeds of the season! We recommend starting with onions and potatoes. Over the next several weeks we can sow the seeds for carrots, kale, radishes, broccoli rapini, and peas. Cauliflower, cabbage, spinach (and other hardy greens) will follow in April.
The vast majority of seeds should be started 6 to 8 weeks before your region's last average frost date. For Cincinnati and most of the Midwest, this means starting seeds in March. What we’re trying to say is that it’s time to get started on your garden!
If you’re anxious to get started on a garden, then it’s likely you’re ready to get started on other yard projects as well. Now is a great time to prune overgrown trees or shrubs with minimal damage, because the sap has retracted back to the safe part of the plant. However, Lilacs and Rhododendrons should not be pruned until after they’ve bloomed, because you could trim the buds on accident. While being outside and doing all of this, you may start thinking about summer. If you’re like us, we like to see yards in pristine condition, with designated areas to relax and entertain. Perhaps you were tilling the soil and realized that after all of the yardwork you do, there should be a place you can relax afterwards. The talented group at Bzak can sit down with you to design, develop and install bonfire pits, waterfalls, patios and more!
Regardless of your project, we want to help! Visit our garden center or give us a call if you have any questions or would like to get started with your spring project. Also, be sure to take a look at our current landscaping material coupons! We look forward to talking with you, and thank you for considering Bzak!