Each season has its own distinct smell, and spring is closing in. In fact, it’s so close I can, well, smell it! Of course winter doesn’t want to let go just yet, so she’s trying one last attempt at hanging on by blasting many of us around the country with early March ice and snow. While it’s nearly impossible to imagine planting a garden while you’re still wearing your winter gear, there are numerous things to do outside once the snow does melt to get ready for spring. Yard cleanup is the obvious one, and clearing out leaves and such that’s accumulated after raking last fall is a good place to start. Everything can benefit this time of year with some fresh air and sunshine, grass and bushes are no exception. Now would also be a perfect time to make sure yard equipment is in tip top shape by sharpening pruners, shears and loppers. Also, check your lawn mower’s oil and spark plugs so that first mowing goes off without a hitch. Winter doesn’t know it yet, but she’s loosing the battle. I can smell it.