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The Essential Spring Checklist

Keep your property in order with this handy rundown of what should be on your spring to-do list!
  • Look for Maintenance Issues

    Check roofs that may have been damaged by wind or snow. Look for signs of moisture infiltration in buildings, like stains or mold on the rafters. Check fences for damage from wind, snow, and wildlife. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Prep Pastures

    The best time to seed is in fall, but you can do it in early spring if you missed the autumn window. You can even do frost seeding (spreading seed on frozen ground) if you use seeds that germinate in cold weather. Let your grass grow before you let animals graze, so root systems have a chance to take hold and thrive. The grass should be taller than the hooves of your animals before grazing begins. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Inspect Livestock Shelters

    Pay particular attention to ventilation. Does the shelter smell musty? Is air circulating? If not, consider leaving two doors open so air can get in and out. Once you let your animals out for spring grazing, be sure to muck shelters thoroughly. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Check Animal Health

    Look for respiratory distress or nose discharge. Check hoof health, especially in spring when animals may spend time in the mud and be vulnerable to foot rot. This is also a good time to make sure your animals' vaccinations are up-to-date. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Prune Fruit Trees

    Apple, pear, peach, and plum trees can be pruned if they're still dormant. Prune grapevines in early spring if you didn't do it in winter. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Start a Garden Journal

    Write down the varieties of produce and berries you grow. Throughout the year, make notes about pests or diseases and how your varieties perform, so you have that information on hand when you plan the next year's garden. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Prep Your Greenhouse

    Check ventilation systems, reduce daily grow-light times, and clean out insects that may have overwintered in your greenhouse so they don't infect your plants. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018
  • Check Out Your Driveway

    If you've plowed snow during winter, your driveway (unless it's paved) likely needs attention. Rake displaced gravel back onto the driveway, check for potholes, and make sure you still have proper drainage into ditches. 

    Date Published: April 16, 2018
    Date Updated: April 17, 2018

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