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  1. Start by raking debris from your lawn, then give it a spring boost with a thin 1/4 inch layer of compost. This will provide nutrients and help reduce thatch buildup. Next, clear out weeds and debris from last season from your planting beds and borders. Clean up plants by pruning any broken, diseased or dead wood or foliage. Spring is also an ideal time for dividing plants/bulbs and for transplanting.

    Other items to include on your spring “to do” list include: Apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs as well as emerging bulbs and perennials; fertilize growing plants in spring; check your hand tools and equipment to see if any need repairing, cleaning or replacing; make sure your irrigation system is working; and place your seed orders and shop for plants.

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