The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: Spring! Well, almost. After a long winter, we’re slowly beginning to thaw out as a result of some milder temperatures - and we’re itching to get outside. While it’s still too early to start actually planting, it is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the coming season. Click ‘Next’ to find out what you can do to ensure your garden is Spring ready.
Before you can plant any new flowers and shrubs, it’s important to remove and compost any dead annual plants that remained through the winter. This is also a good time to prune back those perennials that you didn’t get to last fall. Just be sure that you see some new growth at the base of the plant before removing winter mulch and trimming them down to ground level.
If you have some shrubby plants with a wooden stem, like lavender, for example, you’ll need to cut those back too. That’s because new blooms will only grow on new branches. However, it’s important to wait until the danger of frost has passed - and until you start to see buds opening on some new growth at the bottom of the plant.
Till & Boost
Once the beds have been cleaned out, tilling the soil will help to aerate and loosen up any areas that have become compacted over the winter. In addition to making it easier to plant, tilling also helps to encourage the soil to absorb nutrients better. Once that’s complete, feed the soil with lots of compost so plant roots will grow well.
Tend to your Compost Pile
All of that deteriorated organic material at the bottom of your compost pile makes a great mulch to spread over the garden. If you keep a compost, start turning it over now to see just how much of that awesome fertilizer has developed through the winter months.
Edge and Mulch
A clean edge makes your garden look polished - and prevents your lawn from spilling over into your flowerbed. Take the time to freshen up this line in the Spring while the soil is soft. Of course, you’ll also want to add a layer of mulch to finish off your garden beds. Just be sure that you’ve given the soil a chance to warm up and dry out a bit first, and keep it away from the stems of any plants.
Although you should probably hold off planting for now, it’s not too early to ensure you’re all set to go when the time is right. Clean your gardening tools, and have your shears, pruners, and mowers sharpened so your tools are in tip top shape for the start of the new season.