Spring has arrived and many gardeners are anxious to begin their planting of flowers and shrubs. Washington County Master Gardener Sheila Gerot says as soon as you can get your spade in the ground is a good time to begin planting. She advises to wait a little bit since the ground is wet right now unless you want to move shrubs or flowers.
Gerot says when purchasing any plant, to look at the information on the plant stake so you know where to put the plant into the ground, if it will survive an Iowa frost and when the plant will bloom. She says after putting your plants in the ground, you should put plenty of water on them, but to keep an eye on them to make sure there is enough water if we do not receive a lot of rainfall.
Gerot says when planting trees, to put mulch around the base to help keep the moisture in the ground and weeds from growing around the tree. If you would like more information, contact the Extension Office or a Washington County Master Gardener.