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Recommendations For Preparing Your Garden For Spring


Gardening may be enjoyable, but it also requires hard work. To ensure its success, several steps must be taken prior to the beginning of spring planting season.

As soon as spring arrives, perennial flowers and shrubs that require support should be staked early to prevent flopping as temperatures warm. These include heucherellas, hydrangeas, and roses.

1. Prepare the Soil

While soil testing and adding lots of organic material in autumn would have been ideal, now is still an opportune time to get your garden prepared for spring planting. By performing these gardening duties now, they will ensure the success of seeds or perennial plants once temperatures warm up again.

If you haven’t done so already, research your agricultural zone to understand when and what time of year to begin digging in the soil, as well as which plants thrive there. Also, make sure that you know how best to prepare the soil for your type of vegetable garden (if cultivating cruciferous veggies for instance light tilling may loosen the top layer of dirt while breaking up large clumps). Professionals who offer garden care services will be knowledgeable about soil conditions. This can save you time and money in the long run.

Before planting the ground, ensure all your tools are clean and sterilized. Pay special attention to pruning shears, tree loppers, rakes, and shovels so you don’t spread disease into your new garden from existing tools you store away in sheds or garages.

2. Remove Dead Leaves

As part of your garden work, be sure to remove any dead leaves that have accumulated beneath shrubs or perennial plants, in order to prevent rot as well as overwintering pests and diseases. It is also essential that any debris that has collected in drainage trenches or low spots around the garden be cleared away.

Some gardeners choose to leave healthy leaves intact, especially from healthy, disease- and insect-free plants, to protect the plants against disease or suppress weeds while adding organic matter back into the soil. But in cases where leaves from infected or diseased plants remain on their plants, it’s wiser to remove them promptly and dispose of them accordingly.

If you’re still undecided about which option to go with, one possibility would be creating a leaf mold by gathering leaves and spreading them over garden beds, bushes, and trees (though never touching tree trunks). Over time these leaves will decompose into rich organic mulch that can then be turned back into the soil as fertilizer. Just be wary about adding leaves high in lignin that may hinder this process of composting. You can click here to learn more.

spring3. Water

As with your house, spring gardening requires some spring cleanup for optimal plant growth. These spring gardening tips will ensure that your plants flourish this season!

Check the forecast, and cover tender emerging buds and foliage when freezing temperatures are predicted. Old sheets from your rag pile work just as effectively or you can invest in professional row covers for an easier solution.

Once the garden reawakens, give it the energy it needs by applying a light application of fertilizer. Spread high acid fertilizer along with pine needle mulch around shrubs such as azaleas, camellias, and blueberries which require acidity as food for healthy growth. You can click the link: to learn more about growing blueberries.

Cold-hardy annuals and perennials provide instant garden color.

Easy to grow from seed, they should be planted now before the heat of summer hits! For instant color in flowerbeds that appear dull or empty, transplant some new perennials, add colorful pansies and snapdragons as instant impactful additions or install a water butt to harvest rainwater as early spring is its peak.

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