Q: Is it safe to remove the mulch off my perennial beds?
A: Mulch should be removed when you begin to see active plant growth and temperatures are consistently above freezing. Keep some of the mulch on hand to protect tender growth in case temperatures suddenly drop. If you wait too long to uncover, plants may be damaged by mold. Also, plants may begin to rot if the mulch has matted down too much, especially after prolonged spring rains.
Q: Can I rake my lawn now?
A: It is still too early to start raking the lawn. We recommend waiting until the soil is completely dry and new growth can be seen. Rake gently so as not to rip up tender, new grass blades. Large areas of compacted fall leaves should be removed before the grass begins to yellow and decompose underneath.
Q: What can I do to prevent rabbit damage to my spring bulbs?
A: There are several suggestions as to how to protect your bulbs such as using blood meal, human hair, hot pepper wax, and various other animal repellants that are out on the market. The only sure way to protect them is to install fencing such as chicken wire which creates a permanent barrier between rabbit and plant. It may not be the most attractive alternative but it beats the anger and frustration you’ll feel when the rabbits have dined at your all you can eat tulip buffet.