•Unsure if your lawn
still needs watering after a rainstorm? If one inch or more of rain falls, turn off the automatic sprinklers for five days. If another half-inch falls during that period, keep the sprinklers off until there are five days without rain.
•Outdoors, plant daffodils
and other spring bulbs. Don’t forget tulips and hyacinths that you may have chilling in the refrigerator. They need to go in the ground now.
•Stop leaf curl
from making a return appearance next spring. After they drop their leaves, spray peach, nectarine and apricot trees with a copper spray, available at nurseries and home-improvement stores.
But dispose of any leaves that show signs of fungal disease, such as rust or mildew.
•In the vegetable garden,
plant from seed fava beans, bok choy, Swiss chard, garlic, leaf lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio, radishes, shallots and spinach.
•Set out transplants
of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce and peas.
•For spring flowers,
plant California poppies, cornflower, larkspur, scabiosa and sweet peas.