Spring is a time for new growth, but everything (especially a cat) sheds. Cleaning up the yard not only reveals the natural beauty of your yard, but also helps prevent weeds from germinating! In particular, pulling weeds allows the water and energy in your yard to go towards the plant-life you would rather have flourish. Cleanup also prevents pests and rot from catching you off-guard.
As for starting that garden? Before the 15th, it might be too soon to get your gardening on, but here’s an easy way around that: plant inside! (And no, I don’t mean build a garden bed inside.) Invest in some sturdy, reusable pots or biodegradable seed starter pots that you can put straight in the ground. These are easy to use and you will know before you officially plant, just how many seedlings you have!
If you like Albuquerque greenery, this week is perfect for a visit to the BioPark! They’ve got events all week, from the ongoing Hanami Celebration (a traditional Japanese custom of viewing cherry or plum blossoms) to the Annual Fishing Derby at Tingley Beach on Saturday (see their website for official times and dates).
What do you plan on doing this week? Let us know in the comments!
By Kay Olson
Did everyone have a great April Fool’s Day? I admit, I was mildly disappointed there was not a single prank in my house. I suppose it’s time I took up the mantle as Family Prankster.
If you had the misfortune to be pranked with the dreaded toilet-paper-in-tree bit, the best way to get that cleaned up is: work quickly - if it rains, it’ll be much more difficult to clean up. Use a rake or leaf blower to avoid needing to get the ladder. And if it’s near a power line, don’t even risk it. Call an arborist.
Want to care for your trees and shrubs even more? You came to the right place!
Pruning and trimming is a great idea this time of year. Taking this step promotes healthy growth in the direction that is ideal for you. Trimming also redirects the energy of the tree; don’t waste time growing that one branch that looks weird, when it could go towards developing lush green leaves and thick, sturdy branches! The same goes for shrubs; I simply urge you to beware pruning those that flower on the growth from last year. (There’s quite a few, so if you’re not sure, definitely do some research.) Some examples include witch hazel, forsythia, rhododendrons, and viburnums.