This is a week to get lots of things done between rains. I am late cutting back my monkey grass, so I am having to just tip it so I will not injure the new leaves coming out. Also all the damaged leaves of my cast iron plant are being removed at the ground, as the new leaves will be coming out soon. Since my flowering quince and forsythia are finished blooming, it is time to remove the long unwanted branches by cutting them back to the ground. If you have just been topping them for years, I suggest that you cut them back to about a foot above the ground and allow them to grow back to their natural, free-form shape. Remember, most spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after flowering, but never clip them in squares or round balls. Winter weeds that were not controlled in the garden are growing rapidly now, so they need to be removed either with a spot herbicide spray or by hand pulling (be sure and get the roots). Most garden weeds need to be pulled or killed before they bloom to prevent a repeat preformance next year. Finally, it is not too late to put out transplants of cole crops, onion sets, and seed things like lettuce, kale, and spinach. Happy gardening and welcome to early spring, but I expect many more freezing nights.
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