Planned backyard garden Planned backyard garden (Photo credit: renoir_girl)

Are you planning to put in more trees or shrubs next spring?

If you know what trees and shrubs you want, and where they will be planted, you can prepare the planting holes for them now.

Make a plan of where you will plant your new trees, and mark the locations in your landscape. Clear the weeds in a 2-3’ wide circle (shrub or tree), fracture and loosen the soil with a digging fork or shovel (you don’t need to lift and turn), and cover the area with a thick mulch of straw, leaves, or other coarse material.

Next spring when it’s time to plant, you can just pull the mulch back, dig the hole, and plant.

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