Trout season opens April 13

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season is set to open Saturday, April 13. Larger baits can often be effective for enticing early-season trout into biting. Spin-anglers should try nightcrawlers, egg imitations or bright colored spoons and spinners. Fly anglers may find success in the early season by drifting large, more visible flies such as wooly buggers, streamer or San Juan worms along the bottom in slower pools and runs. Trout will often hold close to the bottom in the deeper areas of streams during high flow conditions to conserve energy. For more information, call 828-1190 or visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Elks donate to Hedding Church

BARRE — The Barre Lodge of Elks presented $500 to Pastor Kim Kie of Hedding United Methodist Church, proceeds from the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant. The money will assist Hedding's continued community outreach programs, including, but not limited to, the Overflow Shelter and Food Shelf. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks supports veterans, seniors, youth and communities. For more information, call 479-9522 or email barreelks1535@gmail.com.

Garden self-reflection

BURLINGTON — For a lower maintenance summer flower garden to become a reality, UVM Extension Service recommends spring is the time for garden self-reflection and to plan ahead, including how much time you want to spend working in your garden.

Create a simple diagram of your property and include your garden spaces. Color code your diagram, using three different colors to represent high-priority, medium-priority and low-priority spaces. Depending on your budget and time, you might consider transitioning low-priority gardens back into a naturalized landscape or meadows appropriate for your site conditions.

Applying a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch each spring will significantly cut down on the time you spend weeding. It also will add organic matter to your soil and help retain moisture, thus reducing time spent watering. Many home and garden supply stores have mulch calculators that will translate the area of your beds and thickness of desired mulch layer into either bags or yards.

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