It’s Cleanup Season
In other states spring comes around much later than ours. Because in Washington we don’t really get cold winters, everything wakes up and starts to grow much sooner. Typically in Mid January you start to see some plants to bloom. Some of them are : Forsythia, Indian Plum, Saracocca, Heather and many more. January typically is rainy and temperatures are the lowest than out of nowhere first of the month of February, temperatures can warm up enough for flower and leaf buds to show signs of life. By this time your want all your landscaping to be in a ready stage. It is good to do some deep pruning in fall or early winter. Making sure all leafs are cleaned up from beds before your perennials start to emerge, than it is impossible to clean them with out braking some of the gentle plants like tulips, daffodils and other plants.
Still, some early spring cleanup tasks are sure things this time of year. Prune away winter-killed branches to make room for new growth. Cut back spent perennials and pull up old annuals if you didn’t get around to it last fall. Then look around. ” February -March is a good time to take stock of your yard and see if it’s time to thin out crowded beds and do some transplanting to fill in bare spots.