The calendar finally reads March 20, 2018 — the day anyone who loves getting dirty in the backyard has longed for.
“Step down hard on the ground,” he says. “If water squirts up around your boot, stay out.” Walking on soggy soil may cause compaction problems. So, if water does squirt out of the soil, wait a couple of days and try the test again.
No matter what your soil test says, there are plenty of things you can do to get you and your yard ready for spring.
Make a plan
If your beds need a facelift, put your plan on paper. Which plants will you remove, and what plants will replace them? Draw diagrams of different locations in your beds to see which spot fits best.
- Asiatic lilies
- Oriental lilies
- Crocosmia (Crocosmia aurea)
- Chinese ground orchids (Bletilla striata)
- Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis)