It’s finally spring! After a long, snowy winter, we are ready to spend some time in the garden! We are excited about all the beautiful flowers and plants that will blooming once again! Here is a checklist of things that should be done now to get your garden ready for spring:
Spring Gardening Checklist
- Clear debris (garbage, fallen branches, etc…) from yard
- Sharpen garden tools (i.e. shovels, hoes, trowels)
- Cut back on last year’s perennials; remove dead leaves and foliage. Hydrangeas should be cut all the way back.
- Prune trees and shrubs with a pair of sharp shears. Or hire someone to do it. Remove dead, damaged, diseased branches to promote new growth
- March/April is the ideal time to fertilize your trees, shrubs and flowers
- Spring is also one of the best times to plant new trees, shrubs and perennials, since the soil is moist.
- Stake tall perennials, like peonies, delphiniums and bell flowers, ideally before they reach 2 ft tall. Staking can help plants survive strong winds.
Preparing Your Garden Bed
- Make sure your climate zone is free from frost before you start planting; check the soil
- Do not work with wet soil. Make a ball and squeeze it. If water comes out, soil is too wet. Too crumbly and can’t form a ball, it’s too dry. If soil is somewhat crumbly, you are ready.
- Remove weeds and debris from garden bed
- Remove mulch over the course of several day, exposing the soil gradually
- Till soil
- Fertilize your soil by adding a thick layer of compost or manure
- Follow the light requirements and plant accordingly; shade loving plants should be planted in the shade