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Watch out for weeds in the Colorado garden the third week of April – The Denver Post

Aerial shot of woman weeding a raised bed in a vegetable garden. Plots are still available at Anythink Commerce City and Anythink Perl Mack.
Aerial shot of woman weeding a raised bed in a vegetable garden. Plots are still available at Anythink Commerce City and Anythink Perl Mack.

Weeds are really taking off and taking root. Stay on top of removal. Hand digging is suggested over spraying since beneficial insects and pollinators may be harmed from insecticide use in the landscape.

• Mow blooming lawn weeds like dandelion, violets and clover before applying any products since bees use these early bloomers as nectar sources.

• A healthy lawn is the best prevention to weed problems.

• Dry lawns do not kill weeds or slow them down — start watering lawns, it is dry out there.

• Continue aerating the lawn all spring to relieve compacted soils and built up thatch. Adding fertilizer right after aeration will help with greening up.

• Continue planting container, balled and burlapped trees, and shrubs. Spring is the best time to plant these valuable landscape assets.

• Earth Day Yard Tree Sale, sponsored by The Park People of Denver, offers low cost trees for sale on April 21. More information is available at theparkpeople.org.

• Freshen up and renew mulch around all trees, shrubs and perennials with two-three inches of bark chips, shredded bark or recycled wood products. Keep the mulch away from the crown of the plant or trunk to prevent rot.

• Plant seasonal cool seasons plants like snapdragon, osteospermum and pansy. While in the garden center check out new arrivals of warm season annuals for planting later in May.

Clean-up and dividing

• Continue garden clean up and cutting back last season’s spent foliage on perennials and ornamental grasses. Toss disease free matter in the compost pile. Be careful not to cut too deeply in to woody perennials like lavender – just a light trim to remove last season’s blooming stems.

• Wait until late April to cut back rose shrubs even if they have started to green up.

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