Preparing Your Yard for Spring
In this part of the country, spring is just around the corner. It may not seem like it in the morning, when we wake up to temperatures in the 40s, but by afternoon we’re typically feeling that warm sunshine and shedding layers. By the end of February, the chances of The Woodlands and surrounding areas having another frost are pretty slim, so now is a great time to spruce up your garden and get your yard ready for spring.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, February 27 is the turning point for our area – that magical date when the possibility of an overnight freeze drops down to less than 50% and most people begin to clean up their shrubs, trees and gardens in preparation for the growing season. If you’ve been looking out your windows at frost-bitten leaves hanging from your bushes, it’s time to trim back those branches and give yourself a better view.
To prune shrubs and bushes, such as oleanders, use hand shears or lopping shears (for thicker branches) and cut at a 45 degree angle. The best place to start the cut is about a quarter to half inch above the bud (smaller branch or leaf) and cut down and away. Check branches for frost bite and trim them just below the dead part, so that you remove all of the damaged branch but save as much of the healthy part as possible.