Colorado is one of the nation’s most beautiful, most breathtaking states — and more and more people are figuring this out, and moving to join us in our wonderful home state! While it’s AWESOME that all of these people are here, helping our economy and infrastructure blossom, it can be a little jarring for a new resident from warmer climes to look outside one afternoon mid-April, and find a sudden spring blizzard raging. So here’s a friendly word of advice, to residents old and new:
Wait. Wait to start planting your spring flowers, wait to uncover your garden beds, wait to start your seeds. In Colorado, you’ll have a later-than-average growing season for Fall plants, but this is balanced by the fact that we have to wait so long to plant in the spring. Wait to put in new sod, to buy baby chicks — just wait!
Because the snow will definitely come! It will come, and it’ll really be a heavy spring rain in disguise — the snow will be wet, and it will be heavy. It will break branches, it will squash buds, it will freeze your lilacs that are even now just starting to think about flowering.
My grandmother has lived in Colorado for her entire life — all 71 years of it. Her rule of thumb, and her MOTHER’S rule of thumb, has always been that in Colorado, you do not plant until after Mother’s Day. In fact, it has long been a family tradition of ours to plant spring flowers as a Mother’s Day activity.
In the meantime, while you’re waiting impatiently for true Spring to arrive, here are a few things you can get a good start on:
- Trimming your trees (always do this BEFORE they start to wake up for the year
- Cutting back your rose bushes (see above)
- Transplanting trees (always best to do before the real growing season — it’s less of a shock if they’re still hibernating)
- Indoor spring cleaning!
- Have your lawn aerated!
- Lay new mulch (every other year depending on density)
What other tips do you Coloradans have for getting started on Spring activities without jumping the gun and putting your plans at risk? Let us know!