I am stuck at home. I have never been much of a gardener. What gardening tasks could I do right now to keep myself busy?
Spring weather gives us the urge to get outside and be active. While the coronavirus limits our activities in areas where we might come in contact with others, gardening and landscape improvement are good activities to get some safe exercise. There is a wealth of useful activities which can be accomplished right now in our gardens and landscapes.
Get your rake out and clean the winter accumulation of leaves and other debris in shrub beds. This might be a good time to place that material in an out-of-the-way corner to start a compost pile. If you haven’t edged your beds for a while, this would be a great time to give those edges a sharp clean look.
Treat for moss
In the Pacific Northwest, moss accumulates overwinter in shaded and wet areas. For soil and lawn areas iron-based Moss Out! products are available. For roofs and other structures, the moss control products contain zinc instead of iron.
Those pesky winter weeds are quite small right now but they will soon develop flowers and then seeds that will scatter into the soil to grow next season. Bending is good exercise when you pull weeds. Reach down to the base of the weed and pull it out by the root. If you can’t or don’t want to bend, a hoe works well for weeding. My favorite weeding tool is a hula hoe. It is sharp on both front and back and pivots for flexibility. If you get the weeds before they go to seed they can also be placed in your compost pile.