Have you just started to take interest in gardening? Is gardening as per season confusing you? Are you intimidated by the excessive gardening information? Have you been feeling messed up about preparing lawn and garden for spring?
Just zone out of everything else! Take a deep breath. Brew a cup of steaming hot coffee. Read on while you sip your velvety coffee!
Your spring garden needs a special prepping up. So, we will guide you through some simple step-by-step process. Nothing too complicated. By the time you finish your coffee, you will be prepared to start with your spring garden.
Things You Will Need
- Leaf blower or leaf collecting System (choice based)
- Pitch Fork
- Pruners (for trimming thin branches) and loopers (for cutting thick branches)
- Hand Trowel
- Dutch Hoe
- Garden Hose
- Good quality gloves
- A bag of compost
#1. Cleaning The Area
The cleaning process has a particular time, tool requirement and technique
- Time – The clean-up for your garden has to be done about 20-30 days before planting. Why? That’s because the soil has to ready for spring planting
- Tools – You can use a rake, or electric leaf collecting system. A sharp and clean pruner will aid in trimming off unwanted/dead twigs.
- How to go about it – First start with trimming all dead and broken branches of your trees/bushes. Next, clean the lawn area and garden bed of all the fallen leaves and twigs. Pull out all the remains of any leftover annuals from the previous years. Check for weeds and clear them well using a Dutch hoe. If you have Flower Carpet roses in your gardens, click here for spring pruning tips.
#2. Old Tool Check
Doesn’t it irritate you when you wish to rake those fallen leaves and the tool is all dusty? Blunt pruners are totally useless! So, before it gets into your nerves, check them. That will help you be prepared right when you need to use them. Some tools may need cleaning. Some might have to be thrown away and replaced with new ones.
Pro Tips for tool cleaning:
- You can use soap and water for cleaning tools.
- To clean wood handles use mineral spirits. It saves splintering in wood.
#3. Soil Preparation
Time to get your garden soil ready for your spring plants!
- Use a rake and pitchfork to clear out the soil of all tough weeds.
- About 14-15 days before spring planting add manure/compost to fertilize the soil. Mix it well with the soil to avoid burning the plant roots. This will help the new plants to get all the necessary nutrients. If you don’t have natural home-made compost, purchase it.
- Use a Soil pH tester to check the soil’s pH level. That way you will know your soil’s condition. Thereby, you’ll be able to add the essential fertilizers to balance the soil’s pH level.
#4. Finding The Right Plants
Many folks end up buying plants which do not suit their particular climate. Thus, when buying spring plants make sure it is suitable to be grown in your area.
The most convenient way to get the right plants as per your location is to:
- Visit a near-by nursery. The professionals would be able to guide you as per your requirement.
- Unless you have plenty of room, you may need to decide whether you wish to create an ornamental garden or vegetable garden. Ask the experts for soil preparation tips with regards to vegetable/plant gardening.
- We all love a colorful garden. To have your spring garden brimming with colors through the whole season, sow perennials along with annuals.
- Sow same height plants together, with taller plants toward the back of a border bed, or in the middle of an island bed. Otherwise, taller plants will block the sun from smaller height plants.
#5. Garden Maintenance
Maintaining your spring garden regularly results in a spectacular view. So keep these few things in mind to awe your neighbors and visitors
- Lawn Watering– Water your yard frequently to maintain the fresh green hue. Using a moving sprinkler can help you extensively in your task.
- Dead heading– To get more blooms in your plants, dead-heading religiously is a must. Dead-heading is basically cutting off the dead/fading flowers. This is healthy for the plants. It also makes the plant look well-groomed.
It is really important to prepare your garden for spring. Just follow the mentioned step-by-step process and prepare your garden for spring in a hassle-free way.
Guest Blogger Bio
Ann Sanders is a founder of A Green Hand. She understands the effort you put into leading a healthy lifestyle, and taking care of your body and mind. Her goal is to make everything easy for you by providing information that answers all those questions racing through your mind. Follow me on Facebook, and Twitter.