Planning for Spring

By National Gardening Association Editors


Lake Champlain International

Winter can be a frustrating time for gardeners. Thinking about that warm soil in your hands and the fresh smell of organic materials can really make you yearn for planting season. Instead of wishing and hoping the snow and cold away, why not start planning next spring's garden and lawn care right now? Everyone can help improve the health of their local waterways by incorporating watershed friendly practices into their gardening plans. A rain garden might fit well in your lawn, helping to capture water-polluting runoff and opening up a whole new assortment of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees to plant on your property. You can also think about how you will fertilize your grass – do you even need to? Why not plan to test the soil for nutrients? There are many watershed friendly gardening practices that you can adopt this year that will also improve your gardening experience, and enhance your property's value and your landscape's beauty.

From our friends at Lake Champlain International, the water quality experts. More tips at

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