Winter has arrived, and from looking outside, it appears the snow and cold may be staying for a bit. We like to look past the snow mounds and dream of spring when the garden center reopens and fresh blooms emerge from a long winter’s nap. So, we feel it’s never too early to start preparing for the spring that lies ahead. To help you get started, here’s a checklist for January.
1. Think Spring
Dream big and think of what you would love to see around your home come springtime. Are there certain hues you want in your color palette this year, a new outdoor living space or some new planters to add texture to your patio?
2. Jot Your Ideas Down
Once you have collected your thoughts about the upcoming spring season, make sure to note them in a safe place as a point of reference when you put your plan into action.
3. Purchase Early
Make sure to complete online and mail-order purchases early before your favorites run out.
4. Give Your Houseplants Some Love
Increase the humidity level for your plants by adding a tray of pebbles with some water and give them a good overall look; trim brown areas and top off the soil.
5. Check On Bulbs In Storage
Check on bulbs you have stored from the past season. Make sure they are firm and healthy – toss if they are shriveled or have mildew.
6. Start Collecting Seeds
Collect seed packets of some favorites, and check directions to ensure you start the growing process on time for transplanting outdoors, as some plants are slow-growing.
7. Keep It Safe Outdoors
As an alternative to sodium chloride ice melt, use calcium chloride, sand or kitty litter to keep walkways clear of ice. The alternative options are less harmful to concrete and plants.
If you have questions while you plan ahead for spring, our staff is always here to help. Give us a call at 515.987.0800 or drop us a line at [email protected].