As the snow begins to melt in the colder weather areas of the U.S., and the grass begins to really grow all over the country, it is important to stay on top of your garden so it can look beautiful as the days finally get longer.
Preparing your garden during spring is one of the easiest ways to start reaping the many rewards an inviting outdoor space often brings. Plus, if your winters include snow, it’s a great time to mitigate any damaging effects of the cold while ensuring your vegetation a full recovery.
Spring Garden Tips
Here are five easy steps for creating an outdoor garden you’ll love all season long.
1. Prepare the garden beds
The garden beds are among the first areas of the garden that you should devote attention. Begin by removing old mulch and debris that accumulated during the winter. Old, frozen winter mulch can make it harder for plant roots to penetrate the soil and obtain the nutrients that they need.
Next, add some compost to top layers of the soil so as to introduce organic matter into the newly thawed ground. Add leaf mold and manure to your compost mixture for added fertility.
2. Prune accordingly
Pruning your trees, particularly your fruit trees, in a timely fashion is essential towards getting a rich yield of fruits when harvesting season comes around. Make sure you prune your trees before the buds break to reduce any undue stress on the tree. Additionally, most plants will benefit from not only seasonal pruning but ongoing pruning and maintenance to keep everything healthy and encourage fresh, new growth.
Some trees may require special pruning steps, so it is important to be aware of the needs of your vegetation. Check with your local agriculture extension program, they are a great resource for any gardener.
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3. Summer bulbs can add color and vibrancy
To immediately add color and attractiveness to your garden when the weather gets warm, begin by planting summer bulbs either in pots or indoors. Pots can be strategically placed along driveways or patios to begin getting the much-needed sunlight they need to grow.
Once the soil is warm enough, you can transplant the bulbs to your garden and add vibrancy to the space.
4. Prepare the garden hose for watering
The last thing you want to experience is a leaking hose when your garden needs water the most. To be adequately prepared, test your hose during the spring and make sure it’s working as expected. Fix any issues such as leaks before the sun fully comes out.
5. Prepare the garden paths
If you use stone steppers or flagstones as your garden paths, check that they haven’t been removed from their position by frost heave. When the soil gets dry, you can reseat the stones in their proper places and trim the surrounding vegetation.
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Now that you’ve discovered our easy spring garden tips, take a little bit of time now preparing, in order to ensure a painless growing season and more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!