by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
March Madness In the weather equation, March is the month that would be the X variable ~ spring-like temperatures one day, and a major snow storm two days later. As a child growing up outside Washington, D.C., I remember that we used to get some of the heaviest snowfalls in March. If the weather is bad, we can do gardening activities indoors. If it warms up, be prepared to do some early outdoor work. Inside, if you havenâ€™t done it already, take time to get your gardening tools prepared. Based upon personal experience, you get all excited to go outside to prune or
dig, and realize that you should have taken some time in winter to fix any broken tools. Check stored tools and outdoor furniture for signs of rust. Remove any surface rust with steel wool, and paint with rust-inhibitive paint. Clean any plant debris and sap that may be on your pruning shears, and give them a good sharpening. Just like kitchen knives, a sharp pruning tool or saw cuts better, leaves a less ragged cut, and is safer for you to use. Remove any residual dirt from shovels and rakes, and replace broken handles. Take a sharpening file
Tidewater Times March 2017