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Gardening Tasks by Month for Ester, AK
Begin planning this year’s garden. Consider companion planting—some plants grow better when planted near each other! Add plants that attract beneficial insects (such as sunflower, yarrow, dill, and coriander).
Before the spring, test your garden soil for its pH levels. Contract your local Cooperative Extension office for a soil kit.
Check your storage areas and get rid of old and unwanted pesticides. Visit www.lhwmp.org for information on safe disposal.
Plant hardy, pest- and disease-resistant plants, especially if certain varieties have been troublesome in the past. For example, consider deer-resistant plants!
Prune trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. For trees and shrubs that bloom in summer, prune on the current year’s growth in winter. Note: For those that bloom in spring from buds on 1-year-old wood, prune just after flowers fade.
If your mulch was blown or washed away, reapply it around your plants.
Prevent lawn damage by limiting the traffic on your frozen lawn.
When temperatures are above freezing, water your plants deeply to prevent them from drying out.
Remove the snow from your shrubs to prevent them from breaking.
Remove leaves and other debris from your yard and around your plants (if there is not too much snow) to help reduce pests and diseases.
Check your houseplants: Look for any insects or diseases.