A new season is upon us, which means it’s time to start getting your garden spring-ready. If you are a first-time gardener or looking for new tips to grow the perfect garden this season, we have a great checklist for you. Let’s take a look to see what you need to do this year to make sure your garden is ready.
Pull Out Weeds
If you see weeds in your garden, don’t be afraid to pull those suckers out. They will come out easier in the spring weather, rather than the hard, summer soil.
Spring is the best time to prune your shrubs, especially if they flower from late June to fall. Make sure to wait until right after flowering to prune your spring-blooming shrubs.
Once your ground warms up, apply granular fertilizer around your trees, shrubs, and perennials. Also, you may want to do a soil test to see what nutrients each plant needs.
Inspect for Winter Damage
Trees and shrubs will most likely have broken or damaged branches that you will want to clean up. Snip off any evergreens that suffered during this harsh winter and watch your space brighten up.
Clear Away Perennial Leaves
Grab your rake and clear out any brown foliage you see. Once this is cleared away, your garden will be ready for new growth.
Before your perennial flowers start growing, you will want to divide and replant them so they are best divided in the early season of fall.
Since winter is coming to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to your leaves all around your garden and yard. Matted leaves need to be raked or blown from the yard so plants can get the needed sunlight.
Remove Winter Materials
Now that the frost is leaving, it is time to remove your burlap barriers or other protective materials from your landscape. Also, don’t forget to remove any staking trees that have been in the ground for more than a year.
If you have crabgrass or weed problems, make sure you are using the appropriate steps to prevent it this season.
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Edge Your Prevention
Cutting the edges in your garden bed is not just for looks. You also are creating a “lip” to help contain all of the mulch that can be set out on the warm soil.