The Groundhog is Coming: Are You Prepared?


His name is Punxsutawney Phil. He has been resting all winter but February 2nd is his day. It is right around the corner. The groundhog is coming. Soon, Phil will emerge from his hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and try to find his shadow. If he sees his shadow, he will run back into his hole, and winter will continue. If he doesn’t see it, then spring will come early. As the Earth continues its annual elliptical journey around the sun, the planet will start to warm, and the plants in your yard, like the groundhog that heralds them, will awaken.


Are you prepared for an early spring?


While groundhog shadow spotting is something of an inexact science, there is always the very real chance that we may have an early spring this year. You know how it goes. One day you are walking down the icy streets in your boots, and next warm spring rains are causing crocuses to pop their tiny purple faces out of the ground. Spring is tricky, and it can sneak up on you: before you know it, your lawn will be filled with a patchwork of dead grass and thriving weeds if you are not properly prepared.


How can you prepare for the possibility of an early spring?


  • Are your power tools cleaned and charged? Is your lawn mower’s blade sharp?
  • Do you have all of the supplies you need? Grass seed? Fertilizer? Soil?
  • Do you have a plan of attack? Have you decided where and when to plant the fruits, vegetables, and flowers in your garden?
  • Do you have plans to do something new in your yard this year? Are you going to build raised flowerbeds, or trim your topiaries into new and exciting shapes?


It’s important to have a plan, have your supplies ready, and set a schedule for the season before Punxsutawney Phil has his say. A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to the care and feeding of your lawn.