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Chelsea Humphrey: Time to prep your yard for spring blooms

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 24 2014 01:24:46 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2014 12:44:08 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The recent mild weather might be making your green thumb itch, but it's not time to start planting just yet.

Instead of getting springtime flowers in the ground, start prepping your lawn for the warmer weather.

You can do this by finding a good lawn food and a weed killer.

Anthony Valdez with Garden World, tells us that you should also look for a soil activator.

"It helps break down thatch or dead clippings in your yard, it helps turn it back to a natural base fertilizer," said Valdez.

The soil activator also helps the water penetrate the soil.

If you can't fight the urge to add some color to your yard, consider adding frost tolerant flowers like pansies and violas.

Now is also a good time to plant evergreen shrubs and shade trees.

"It's the cooler months that are the best time to do it because our summer months are really hot and put a lot of stress on the plant," said Valdez.

If you haven't planted any spring flowers just yet, consider holding off until after March 22, the typical last freeze date for Abilene.