Midday Fix: DIY spring garden cleanup tips for when the weather finally breaks

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Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer, Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center

Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center is located at 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Ill.


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  • Now is a good time to walk your lawn and check for bare spots, then start re-seeding those areas to prevent crabgrass growth later in the season.
  • Put in perennial hoops, peony cages and ground stakes now to contain growth of floppy, large plants before they get too big and overwhelming.
  • Assess the health of roses to see what survived this past rough winter and remove all winter protection, such as leaf mulch or excess mounds of soil. Prune dead parts of rose bushes.
  • Protect spring-blooming plants like tulips from rabbit and deer damage with a taste or smell deterrent.