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12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book.

12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book.

Any long-time organic gardener knows that organic gardening is not just a summer activity! There are many chores and tasks to stay on top of a healthy, organic garden all year round. One benefit of working on it during the colder months is that it makes gardening in the warmer months less stressful and more enjoyable. 12 Month Guide to Organic Gardening | Green Team Lawn Care Here is an overview of a year’s worth of chores. Every month, we will have a detailed post of things to do, all loosely based on USDA Zone 5. Check this map for your zone, and adjust your chores as needed. Always consult your local County Extension office and reputable nurseries for regional and local specifics. February Get more detailed with your plan. Be ready for planting time. Order seeds and plants Clean and sharpen your tool – repair or replace as necessary Prune fruit trees before the buds swell Propagate houseplants as the days lengthen, and fertilize at half strength March March calls for more maintenance. Don’t forget to enjoy the first spring flowering bulbs! Finish pruning fruit trees early in the month Remove mulch from and prune your roses Make a compost pile Start cleaning the yard if the snow is gone Rake the lawn to remove the thatch layer Clean up last year’s debris Add compost to beds April April showers bring May flowers, whereas your hard work this month will bring a bountiful harvest for summer and fall. Deadhead the flowers of early blooming shrubs and bulbs Ensure your irrigation system is working – replace or repair what...
Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Yard.

Mulch Madness Month; Why March Is the Best Time to Mulch Your Yard.

Mulching your flower beds and garden is a popular lawn care task this time of year. The problem is, most people apply mulch too late in the season, lessening its benefit. To understand the logic behind this theory, the experts at Green Team Lawn Care are breaking down why we mulch in the first place. Related Read: 12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book Why Mulch Matters for Your Yard Mulch is not just something to do for the sole purpose of enhancing the look of your yard, although it certainly does that. Mulching is the single most important thing you can do for your garden every year for several reasons … Suppresses weeds. Holds in moisture that would quickly evaporate without it. Regulates soil temperature. Improves the soil’s structure, which leads to better drainage and use of nutrients. Related Read: Don’t Delay! Spring Weed Control Starts Sooner Than You Think Why Is March Prime Time for Mulch? Just as weeding and removing leaves is easier to do before new bulbs and perennials pop up, the same goes for mulching. The soil is still weed-free, herbaceous plants are just beginning to grow, and the soil is starting to warm up a little, which means it’s the perfect window to lay your mulch while avoiding other plants’ lifecycles. How Much Mulch Do I Need? When it comes to mulch, more is definitely not better! Applying an overly thick layer of mulch can do more harm than good since it’s likely to encourage fungal disease and possibly even kill your plants. To be sure your yard gets just the right amount of mulch,...