Weekend garden chores: Yes, I know it is February
There is plenty of work to be done in the garden as spring approaches and we can get started this month.
The ground is undoubtedly covered with debris from recent storms. It only takes a few minutes to make a tour of the yard and collect twigs, branches and litter.
Check for plants that may have heaved during the recent cold and add some mulch.
Take a look at your roses. It is almost time to prune them. Trees, especially fruit trees, and shrubs should be pruned now while they are dormant. Hollies can benefit from a hard pruning, too.
And any perennials that you left standing for winter interest should be cut back. So should the liriope and the ornamental grasses.
Cut some branches (judiciously) from a spring flowering shrub or tree and bring them indoors for forcing.
Check your houseplants for insects and use an insecticidal soap if you find any. Keep misting your indoor plants. Winter is long and dry for them, but be careful not to overwater. And they may be ready for some fertilizer later this month.
Take an afternoon to sort through your garden shelves in the garage. Safely dispose of any chemicals -- you can't just put them in the garbage can -- sharpen your tools, make a list of the items you know you will need for spring, especially plant foods and generally get rid of junk you haven't used in a season or two.
Now is the time to take your lawnmower to have it serviced and sharpened. Wait much longer and there will be a line!
And hang in there. Punxsutawney Phil says spring is just around the corner.