3 gardening tips for the new season

Published Mar 26, 2013 at 05:00AM

• For a jump on the new season, cut stems of early flowering trees for forcing indoors. Saucer magnolias, flowering cherries, apricots, quince and forsythia can be cut for the vase. Make fresh cuts whenever the water is changed — at the first sign of clouding. Wait until month’s end to force apple and dogwood blossoms.

• Check the condition of your shovels, forks, hoes and other garden tools and repair or replace them in advance of spring gardening. Take the opportunity to clean off mud and to sharpen blades with a steel file. Wiping with an oily rag will keep surface rust away.

• You have one last chance to destroy those winter weeds while they’re in flower — before they produce seeds for next year.

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