Depending where you live, spring may have already sprung, or you are patiently waiting for winter to disappear into memory. Good for you if you have already finished garden cleanup and have begun to plant, but if you’re a northern gardener you are waiting for that first warm day to begin the winter cleanup. It’s time to rake up the of last autumn’s leaves before the bulb foliage can get damaged, and cut back old foliage on Hellebores and Epimedium before much new growth occurs.

Remember to avoid walking in beds where soil is still wet from melting winter snow/rain, as this compacts the soil. Use a wide plank board to walk on if you absolutely cannot wait to access an area. There is a lot to do, but spring is coming whether you’re ready or not, and by month’s end the world should be a greener place.