Ah spring! It’s the season that brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna. Even though old man winter is holding on tightly, spring will gain a foothold and take over soon.

  April can be a hectic month in the garden. Here are some checklists to keep you organized:

v  Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead: Remove last year's dead plants, rake back winter mulches, and top-dress beds with compost.

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 v  Keep ahead of the weeds.

v  Turn the compost.

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v  Test and amend your soil

v  Prune flowering shrubs when they finish blooming.

v  Plant and divide perennials

v  Start seeds of warm-season vegetables and flowers.

v  Direct seed cool season vegetables and flowers when the ground is able to be worked.

v  Begin hardening off cool season seedlings, to transplant at the end of the month.

v  Begin dividing perennials.