April: Mulch

If you mulch your gardens with shredded bark or leaves, you will find that the winter snow and rains have caused them to become compacted.   Once the soil has dried out somewhat, use a long handled cultivator to loosen or ‘fluff’ your mulch so that air and moisture can penetrate.  As you are doing so, you will be able to observe which areas will need to have the mulch topped up a little later in the season.