Wishing Spring | The EPA Blog

By Lina Younes

When news reports surfaced throughout the United States announcing that Pennsylvania's famous Punxsutawney Phil had not seen his shadow, I was extremely happy. With the inclement weather of winter, the simple idea that this marmot predicted an early spring, filled me with emotion. Although groundhog predictions are not based on scientific data, I'm sure many people in the country wanted to cling to this positive idea even for a brief moment.

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In light of Punxsutawney's predictions Phil, I ventured to explore my patio to see what I had to do in preparation for spring. Frankly, the situation in my garden leaves much to be desired. A magnolias tree almost split in half due to the weight of snow and ice. Some shrubs will also require good pruning. However, before taking the scissors or thinking about putting chemicals on the ground, I decided to research more about ecological gardening on our website and found an interesting calendar to plan gardening activities according to the seasons that gives good advice. I would like to share the information with you.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. In the Washington, DC area we are fortunate to be able to enjoy a wide variety of trees and shrubs that bloom as soon as temperatures become more quality. The beautiful cherry trees in bloom motivate tourists and residents alike to visit our parks and monuments during the spring. I think it's a good opportunity to enjoy the outdoors after months of practically "wintering."

About the author: Lina M. F. Younes has worked at the EPA since 2002 and currently serves as interim associate director for environmental education. As a journalist, he ran the Washington office of two Puerto Rican newspapers and has worked in several government agencies. Editor's Note: The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone's rights or obligations. You may share this post. However, please do not change the title or the content, or remove EPA's identity as the author. If you do not make changes, please do not edit the title or content to EPA or the author.

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