What to do in your yard each season – Show Notes

Today’s links: ely.how/episode39

Listener Question:

I was listening to your podcast on the way to work this week and thinking about my upcoming garden in Ohio. I thought it would be helpful to know what to work on in my yard in each season to keep it maintained year-round.

Spring yard maintenance

This is the time when your garden wakes up!  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Spread compost
    • If low fertility or compacted
  • Mulch
    • If soil exposed
  • Trim
    • If dead material
    • If plants need pruned.  It is best to prune before growth begins.
  • Plant
    • If you need to replace or add new plants to the garden.  Fall is generally the best time for this.  Early spring before major growth is next best.

Summer yard maintenance

  • Relax.  You already have your first working day for the year completed.

Fall yard maintenance

  • Weed
    • If necessary
  • Spread Compost
    • If low fertility
    • If soil compacted
  • Mulch
    • If soil is exposed
    • If mulch is thinning
  • Plant
    • Best time of year to establish perennials.

Winter yard maintenance

  • Enjoy the winter textures.

Today’s favorite plant

Pencil Point Juniper

  • Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’
  • Also called Noah’s Ark
  • Columnar evergreen
  • USDA Zone 2-6
  • 3-8ft tall, 1-2ft wide
  • Full sun
  • Dry to medium moisture
  • Tolerates drought, shallow soil, rocky soil
  • Deer resistant
  • Relatively disease resistant