(CNN) – Spring has officially sprung. Now’s the time to prepare your garden for the warmer weather. Want to exercise your green thumb?
Start by inspecting trees and bushes, even patches of lawn for traces of old man winter. The next thing to do is to get ahead of weeds.
Josh Kane, from the National Landscape Industry Association said, “The best thing to do is get down that weed control now because with the temperatures blooming, the forsythias are blooming, and that’s the time when the weeds start to germinate”
Mulch helps plants retain moisture, and will keep roots cool in the summer.
Josh Kane: “You don’t want to pile the mulch on the trees, just around them to help retain moisture and a little bit of weed suppression. The goal is a nice thin layer. Usually only an inch to two thick, and just trying to speed it evenly and nicely to give a fresh look to the yard.”
Make sure plant beds don’t have leaves and other debris. Prune branches on perennials like rose bushes. Get new plants in good soil.
Josh Kane: “Once you take it out of the pot you want to spread the roots out a little bit so it lets the roots grow quickly, and not stay in that same sort of pot shape that they tend to be as you can see there.”
It’s also a good time to tune up irrigation systems and outdoor lighting for springtime and summer festivities.