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Wisconsin zone 4/5
2284 Posts
March 10, 2016 - 7:42 pm

My perennial beds no longer are frozen.  Today I spent 2 hours weeding the garden edges and in about 3 feet.  Mostly chickweed and grass that 'jumped' the plastic edging.  The ground is moist and the weeds and grass pull out nicely. I got about 1/3 of the garden done.  I hope to do more in the next couple days, before the perennials really start showing their faces.  I also did a little transplanting.  Why do plants reseed along the edges.  They love it there.  The tractor tires will crush them, so I just dig them up and place them in empty areas. We are suppose to get rain Sunday and that would be perfect for the transplants.  It was sooooooo nice to be working in the gardens.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

central Wisconsin
99 Posts
March 12, 2016 - 9:58 pm

My yard is too wet yet to be digging in the ground but yes, the weeds do pull much easier this early.  It has been wonderful to walk around the yard and check on what is coming up and to see if there is any animal damage.  The rabbits did prune a type 2 clematis to about 10" for me.  I'll have to wrap it in 3' chicken wire next fall.  That is the least rabbit damage in many winters.  But I think I have a vole or mole making trails all over under my mulch.  I saw where it dug in one of my asiatic lily clumps; I have to wait and see if any grow.  Something nibbled on the top of a hosta plant but that plant was getting too large for its spot.  I will have to do more research to figure out if it's a mole or vole and if there's anyway to get rid of it/them.

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2284 Posts
March 13, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Dave using some mole/vole repellent that he puts down in Fall.  We usually have A LOT of damage from those nasty critters.  Not this year.  Maybe it is the repellent or maybe it is the feral cat that is eating the critters.SurprisedLaugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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