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 Sue Keehn, a Harrison Township Beautification Commission member, will be presenting details on spring cleanup and kick-starting your garden to the Shelby Gardeners Club at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the new Shelby Township Activities Center.

Sue Keehn, a Harrison Township Beautification Commission member, will be presenting details on spring cleanup and kick-starting your garden to the Shelby Gardeners Club at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the new Shelby Township Activities Center.

Photo provided by Sue Keehn


Prepare your garden for the growing season with spring cleanup

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 3, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start preparing your outdoor garden for growing season.

There are many things you can do to make sure your garden is in tiptop shape to foster your new seedlings this season, and the Shelby Gardeners Club in Shelby Township will host a speaker on the topic Feb. 13.

The presentation will cover spring cleanup and ways to kick-start your garden for a healthy harvesting year.

The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. at the new Shelby Township Activity Center, located at 14975 21 Mile Road in Shelby Township, in rooms 2 and 3.

Sue Keehn, a Harrison Township Beautification Commission member, will share many tips on how to prepare your garden for the season.

“I’ll speak about an overview of what we should be thinking about and preparing for as the new gardening season for 2020 approaches,” she said in an email.

She said the presentation will explain why spring cleaning ahead of time in the garden is essential to a thriving garden.

“Garden and landscape cleanup and preparation is important for the health of the plants and soil, along with planning and improving your garden beds and hardscaping while you can see it before plants are in full growth and bud. Often we lose momentum in creating new garden areas when the growth of our existing plants makes it difficult to dig them up or transplant them,” she said.

During the presentation, Keehn will explore steps to prepare garden beds for thriving flowers and foliage. She will touch on soil, plant placement, maintenance and continuous color. She will also include suggested plants and their benefits for the new season.

“The presentation will cover basic cleaning up beds and landscaping that everyone should do. We’ll discuss composting and soil amendments. Spring would be the time for new garden design and planning for what will be planted. We’ll have discussion on how to do that, and what plants to select for continuous color, along with some basic designs for success. Maintenance of the new beds will be discussed,” she said.

The presentation also will discuss repairing existing hardscapes, pruning and creating new beds from your own imagination.

“Attendees will benefit from tips on planning now for when the spring weather hits — putting their to-do list, ideas and desires on paper so they are ready when the frost breaks and the soil is warm enough to work,” Keehn said.

She said there are some things that should not be cleaned up, such as plants that should not be pruned.

Keehn made a presentation on succulents to the club a year ago.

Ivy Schwartz, the garden club’s publicist, said that the group is looking forward to hearing Keehn speak on the tips to a successful growing season.

“She is an excellent presenter. We learned about succulents last year and look forward to learning more about efficient and effective garden cleanup this year to apply to our own gardens and the heritage garden. We strive to learn daily,” Schwartz said in an email.

The presentation is part of the garden club’s ongoing free talks and is open to all. No registration is needed and everyone is welcome.

The Shelby Gardeners Club is always accepting donations to help bring in new presenters, such as Keehn, to educate the public.

Part of the club’s mission statement is to promote interest in and knowledge of gardening, flower arrangement and ecology.

For more information on the presentation or the garden club, visit www.shelbytwp.org/gardeners or the club’s Facebook page.

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