Things to notice:Spring officially arrives this month! Daffodils, lilacs, and tulips are all blooming!

 

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As buds begin to form on your roses, be on the lookout for aphids. These tiny Insects love to feed on the juices of new flower buds and are easiest to remove before their numbers grow out of control. They can be removed by ladybugs (their natural predators) or environmentally-friendly insecticidal soap.

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Fruit trees begin to bloom, treating anyone nearby to their wonderful floral scent. Be sure to stop and smell the garden!

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Watch for the aerial acrobatics of hummingbirds, who are beginning their courtship rituals.

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“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” -Hanna Rion

Things to do:Dust off your gardening tools—it’s time to get to work! Gardeners in low desert areas can start adding new flowering shrubs and vines. Many will be planting tomatoes, beans, and radishes. Gardeners in high elevations can get an early start on the season by planting vegetable seeds indoors.

 

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Having you been dreaming of fresh citrus fruits from the garden? Now is the time to plant citrus trees. If you already have citrus trees, now is a good time to remove dead or crossing branches. Resist the temptation to remove the lower branches of citrus trees. These bear the sweetest fruits and help to protect the trunk from sunburn.

 

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Hard prune your lantana plants to get rid of any cold weather damage. Take them back to 6-12 inches to stimulate new growth.