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Hear Dirt Diggin' Debbie's 13 ways to go into a successful lawn and gardening season in Sheboygan County.  Preparation is the key, and much of it can start once the snow melts and the ground dries.

  1. Start your seeds the end of March (doesn't have to be outside)
  2. When snow is completely gone, stop feeding birds.  Clean & store feeders.
  3. If you plant near a street, flush the soil to clear out salt
  4. Perennials can be divided as soon as ground is thawed and dried
  5. Plant bare roots trees (shrubs, roses) after thaw & dry (March to early April)
  6. Prune fruit trees (but don't prune anything that blooms in the Spring)
  7. Trim perennial grasses to 3 or 4 inches above the ground
  8. Clean, sharpen, and restock gardening tools
  9. Tune up and sharpen lawn mower
  10. Put out a rain gauge
  11. Fertilize lawn once dried and after you've mowed it once
  12. Aerate lawn (every couple of years)
  13. Put in a garden cold frame (raised bed with cover) and plant cold crops like peas

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