Yard 101: Beat The Gloom: Long Island Spring Gardening Tips

I thought I’d have a little fun by using the way back machine and re-posting an entry from Sean along with what happened when Danielle and I followed the instructions. I also tried to simplify a bit since my brain is not nearly as brilliant as Sean’s when it comes to these matters. My comments are in pink since neuroscience reveals that the human eye is less offended by comments in pink. Long Island Spring Gardening Tips

There are some mucky, not fun things that every garden in Long Island needs in preparation for Spring, and I find March the best time to do them.

Very true. Though Danielle and I waited until late-March.

After two months of cold, March can bring that crazy snow storm one day, and the next day sun and 60 degrees. Suddenly you find yourself looking at the soggy thawing ground and beginning to dream of the April flowers that kick off the spring season.

This seems to happen in Long Island every year in the 4 years we’ve lived out here. It is maddening actually.

So yes, this is the best time to get out and get your fertilizers and soil amendments in the ground! So where should we start?

Long Island Spring Gardening Tips for March – April:

  • Get your organic manures and composts in the ground! Getting it in now will mean when the seedlings and starters go in they will be able to use all those wonderful nutrients that have broken down in the soil while we waited for the spring planting season. Oh yeah, Danielle and I (along with help from Sean’s crew) did this. The challenge was out thinking the snow, or out waiting it. Our neighbors also feed birds on a regular basis. As a result, Danielle and I were concerned about birds munching on manure and composts. No need as the birds ignore.
  • Feed your evergreens and trees! I believe organic fertilizers feed the best. I never use chemical fertilizers. A good acid based organic fertilizer for shrubs and organic fertilizers for trees will wake up your evergreens and deciduous trees, getting them ready for the growing season. Organics are slow release and feed as shrubs need them. Unlike the chemical fertilizers they force food into the shrubs and are not bound by high salt contents which damage the good bacterial in the soil. Technical explanation aside, a handful of fertilizer per tree or bush took care of everything.
  • Remove winter protection burlap wraps. Remove tree and shrub coverings from figs and other shrubs by the second half of the month to help them see the sun and wake up. Burlap wraps aside, removing debris from every nook and cranny of the yard allows the sunlight in. It’s amazing how fast everything grows once a little light shines on it.
  • For you lawn guys: its time for your crabgrass control to go down! Crabgrass germinates at a soil temperature of 50 degrees so getting it down this month will prevent that ugly grass from popping up this summer. Danielle uses a spreader to take care of this. It did not take long at all and she feels like she “owns” the lawn now.

Lets beat the gloom! Come on in to our garden center and grab some tulips, hyacinths and daffodils and pot up something pretty for your door step. It will brighten those gloomy and crazy March days! If you’re thinking of getting help with your landscaping, fill out our convenient landscape questionnaire or call us at 516-431-6821 and we’ll help you create a gorgeous outdoor living space. We can help you with all of your Spring gardening needs! You can do everything in the above paragraph. I recommend taking a few pictures of your yard in with you to help show rather than tell what you’re looking for.

All in all Sean’s instructions were spot on and the yard looks great. It’s good when I pay attention to what he says. Have a happy day.

Wayne