Carefully inspect your irrigation system. Check hoses, spigots, timers, etc. If you had a long, cold winter, repairs may be needed.
Prune all spring-blooming shrubs after they are finished with their spring display. Forsythias (Forsythia spp. and cvs., Zones 4-9), rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp. and cvs., Zones 4-9), lilacs (Syringa spp. and cvs., Zones 3-8), and viburnums (Viburnum spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9) benefit from this practice.
Wait to plant tender vegetables and annuals until the soil has warmed to 60°F and further frosts are unlikely. Wait a week or two after the average last frost date to plant serious heat lovers such as basil, peppers, eggplant, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, and melons.
Mary Ann Newcomer is the author of two books: Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook and Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States.
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