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Dig into pre-spring with these home gardening tipsWith spring pushing out the winter cold, it is the perfect time to get an early start on your home garden, even if it’s still a bit chilly outside. Here are some tips to get your started.

  1. Break out those shears. If you have fruit or berry vines or trees that bloom in the summer, the colder spring months are a great time to prune them. There’s less threat of disease when you do it this time of year. However, hold off on pruning trees or shrubs that bloom in spring – wait until they have finished blooming.
  2. Clear out your garden. As the weather is warming up, go out and cut back the dead stems of any perennials or grasses left over from winter. You can leave the stems about 3 or 4 inches tall, as they might deter rabbits and other animals from nibbling on them.
  3. Get out in the grass. If you have weed problems like crabgrass, early spring is a great time to apply a pre-emergence herbicide. But don’t be fooled: even though your grass might be green, it’s probably too early to fertilize, because the grass is most likely not actively growing at this point.

There are lots of things you can be doing to help your garden (and grass) grow this early in the year. Find out how you can get your vegetables growing early by starting them indoors.

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