It’s Time to Get Digging!

The old adage says that April showers bring May flowers, but experienced Austin gardeners know that preparation and planting in March are just as important as spring rains in helping you grow a successful garden.

Austin’s last frost of the winter generally takes place in mid- to late-February, so once March has rolled around, it is time to think about spring planting. If you haven’t done so already, you can prepare your garden and yard by adding fertilizer and compost where needed, pruning shrubs and clearing leaves and debris out of flower beds.

Next, get your roses, new trees, flower bulbs and seeds into the ground. Later in the month, if you’re fairly certain that we’re past the frost, you can also begin to plant vegetables, herbs and some annuals—just be sure to check the extended weather forecast before you do!

For great tips on native plants and their maintenance, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center provides great resources. The Natural Gardener website has handy Monthly To Do lists that help you get organized. And the Old Farmer’s Almanac offers planting calendars by location.

Remember to put your paper leaf bags by your trash. The City of Austin’s Resource Recovery department will collect and compost them into Dillo Dirt, which you can buy locally and put back into your garden. The City will also collect branches or limbs that are no longer than five feet, no thicker than three inches in diameter and are tied in a bundle with string. For more information, visit http://austintexas.gov/department/yard-trimmings-collection. Talk about zero waste!

Having a beautiful garden increases your home’s curb appeal and can improve your mood, especially after a chilly winter. Blairfield Realty calls that a win/win – so get digging!

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