Tips for tree and lawn care in preparation for spring

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- February is still a cold weather month. But with a few warm days in the forecast this week, nursery owners like Mike Garner, of Sedge Garden Nursery and Landscaping, believe now is a good time to prepare your trees and lawn for spring.

"People say ‘you are kidding me’ [regarding treating your lawn] in late February, early March. I tell them crabgrass can come up on the south side of a building and struggle and then take off."

Garner adds the first application of fertilizer and crabgrass control should go out now with another application in late May or early June. Also late February and early March is a good time to beginning pruning certain types of trees.

"We are pruning a lot of trees. Two trees we don't prune this time of year are birches and maples. Those trees are pruned in late summer and early fall."

A lot of plants and shrubs have been stressed by our cold winter. Mike Garner says don't give up on those plants if the leaves are brown or black. The plant or shrub will likely come back when spring officially arrives.