Gardeners always have to think about and plan for the future. You needed to plan and plant daffodils and tulips last fall to get the uplifting and inspirational flowers of early spring. You need to plan and plant potatoes, onions and strawberries now to enjoy their fresh food this spring and summer.
You need to plan and plant young trees now to really enjoy them in five, 10 or 50 years. Like humans, trees come in all shapes; short, tall, skinny, stocky, some do best alone and others in groups. Think about and envision what trees you want and visit with your nurseryman to select the right trees to frame and paint your property.
Don't forget to apply your pre-emergent herbicides or weed and feed crabgrass killer right away over your lawn. The sooner you apply these products, the more of the summer weed population they can kill before they ever come up.
Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. Email garden and landscape questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.