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Mud Season to Dos (& Don’ts)

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Hello Fellow Readers,

It’s the official the start of spring and I don’t feel ready. The ending of this winter, more than most, came much too fast. Partly because I didn’t have my fill of cross-country skiing; not to complain because the times we did have were glorious. It’s more because I didn’t finish the book proposal that I was driven to complete during the design lull of winter. Work in progress!

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One of the glories of spring is the emergence of the nodding little white heads of snowdrops…

Every season has its glory, and surely Spring and the promise of new beginnings is to be celebrated. With the transition from winter to spring comes mud season, though we’ve had many mud seasons this winter. Freeze, thaw, rain. Freeze, thaw, more rain. Snow then ice to rain. It’s been ugly. At a paver showcase last week there was a slide of a boisterous fellow screaming “For the sake of God, No More Rain!” Better to laugh than cry… I’m sure we all hope this growing season won’t be a rerun of last year.Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer, Techo-bloc Showcase

An aside happy note – Also at the paver event, a landscaper named Phil came up to me and asked, “Are you the gal that writes the column?” He went on to share how he lives in Bergen County NJ but always looks for The Press when he’s in the area. “I like the column because it’s about gardening and life. Like the Zen of our industry.” Phil’s kudos brought a lift to my spirit as does your ongoing support. Thank you, my faithful readers.

As we return to tending to our gardens and yards, be sure not to run heavy equipment or to trample too closely to roots when the soil is too wet. Soil compression will inhibit the much-needed oxygen flow to roots. Especially be careful while cutting back perennials left standing for winter interest and to encourage self-seeding.

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A Garden Not – Mulch volcanoes with dyed mulch…

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…though I do find humor in the mulch matching the ostriches in the background :^)

It’s a good time to add a layer of leaf mold or compost on your gardens, both high in nutrients. For those that prefer, you can top-dress the layer of compost with a thin layer of hardwood mulch, I prefer hemlock. Stay clear of dyed mulch, not good for plants, and no mulch volcanoes, please. And, mulch should be kept a few inches away from where the trunk or stem meets the soil to prevent insects and disease.

It’s also a good time to fertilize gardens and lawns. I always advise organic fertilizers, far better for you, your pets, and our environment.  They are readily available thanks to the trend in healthy living and being kind to our dear earth.

One of the glories of spring that makes the goodbye of Mr. Frosty less sad to me is the emergence of the nodding little white heads of snowdrops (Galanthus) sitting above grass-like foliage that miraculously shows up along the sides of our country roads. Welcome to new beginnings! Garden Dilemmas? AskMaryStone@gmail.com

 

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Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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