Plant pansies for early spring color

Now is the time to remove the pesky leaves that were missed last fall, rake out any flower beds, pull up any weeds emerging from hard to reach places and get down that fresh layer of mulch.  Mulch not only holds in moisture and keeps down weeds but also breaks down over time to improve soil structure. If necessary, send off a soil sample to be tested and be sure you are applying the correct type of fertilizer to your vegetable garden and/or perennial gardens and lawn areas. Now is also the time to start seeds indoors for planting after danger of frost is past.