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Early spring gardening checklist

Early spring Galahad shrub The Green Spot

Start to plan out which trees and shrubs you’d like to add to your landscape. photo: The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening

• Clean up and repair. Remove broken stems and branches. Clean up winter debris around plants.

• As days get longer, start feeding indoor plants with a fertilizer solution at half the recommended strength.

• Start seeds for annuals and vegetables, but don’t start them too early!

Follow the sowing instructions on the back of the seed pack.

• Give summer-flowering bulbs, such as cannas, dahlias, and begonias, a head start by potting them indoors under lights until the last frost.


• As soon as the ground is workable, plant cold crop vegetables such as sweet peas, onions, cabbage, radishes and leeks.

• Prune deciduous trees and shrubs, except for those that flower in spring, such as the lilac.

• Spray scale-infected trees and shrubs with dormant oil spray before their leaves appear.

• Cut the stems of  Annabelle hydrangea back to the ground.

• Apply slow-release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines.

• Pull out weeds as they appear.

• Inspect your gardening tools for any repair or sharpening that might be required.

• Apply lawn fertilizer with corn gluten to minimize the germination of crabgrass and dandelions.

• Start to plan out which trees and shrubs you’d like to add to your landscape, so that you can plant them as soon as they become available.

Make an appointment with a landscape designer to help with your plans.

Essential early-spring plants

Bulbs: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).

Perennials: Hellebore (Helleborus x hydribus).

Shrubs: ForsythIa (Forsyth is x intermedia).

Trees: Roseybloom crabapple.

The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening by Bernie Whetter, owner of the Green Spot.



Iron Earth Soil Re-Mineralizer

• Iron Earth is highly compressed, natural, organic humus, formed through the biological breakdown of plant life over 75 million years old.
• Add Iron Earth to your garden soil and planter pots to provide the naturally occurring nutrients necessary for optimal plant growth, and excellent plant health.
• Also available at The Green Spot

Today’s Throwback

800 Block Rosser Ave Heritage Brandon

800 Block Rosser Avenue
Showing Johnson & Co. Hardware store and the Nation & Shewan Block ca. 1900.

source: Lawrence Stuckey collection, S.J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

photo courtesy of Heritage Brandon


Lawn Guardian The Green Spot

Canadian beneficial Nematodes

• Lawn Guardian is a package of Canadian beneficial Nematodes that will help you naturally control insects in your lawn and garden.
• This one particularly focuses on the June-Japanese Beetle and European Chafer.
• Once applied, it will hunt down and kill the grubs before they are able to transform into the beetle.
Ryan Main, general manager, Pik•A•Dilly RV Centre

Ryan Main, general manager, Pik•A•Dilly RV Centre

What type of unit are you looking for?

A travel trailer (or bumper hitch) tows longer behind the tow vehicle, but opens the box up for bikes, bbq’s, and extra storage.

Travel trailers are excellent for seasonal sites as they usually provide more floor space and no steps inside the unit.

5th wheel puts more weight on the back of the truck and eliminates the box for larger items to be stored in.

However, you’re ‘towing’ less trailer behind the vehicle, making your load shorter and easier to manoeuvre in tight spots.


How big are you looking for?

Are you looking for something smaller and lighter weight for towing longer distances every week?

Or, something that will be parked seasonally or only moved once or twice a year so the weight and size aren’t as big a factor?

Other things to think about when size is mentioned could be where it will be stored in the off-season.

Must-haves vs.  Nice-to haves?

What are the features or options that you absolutely won’t compromise on?

What are your must-haves when purchasing this unit?

What are the features that you want in your RV, but wouldn’t be considered deal breakers?

Essentially, what are the options you could live without the easiest?

How many do you need to sleep on a regular basis?

Who will use the unit on a consistent basis?

Are there bunks needed for kids or extra storage area?

Will the kids be there most of the time or could you get away with a convertible sofa bed/dinette table?

New or ‘new to you’?

By law, an RV dealer must do a complete re-safety and re-conditioning of any used unit sold in Manitoba (your neighbour or the guy down the road does not).

This ensures that everything will be working in correct fashion, the way it was designed to be.

You have a dealer standing behind you should you have problems when you get the unit to the campground.

New units come complete with manufacturers warranties and dealer support as well.