With spring around the corner, it’s time to prepare your garden and yard for the warm days ahead. Here are nine suggestions for what you could be doing now to spruce up your garden and yard for the spring.
1. Make sure you have a plan of what you want for your garden and yard. Relish the opportunity and plan your spring garden ahead so you’ll know what steps to take, since many vegetables and plants require prepping weeks and even months in advance. If you’re lacking in ideas, check out local garden centers for suggestions on what they’ll be carrying. Get out and study your yard and garden. Preparing a garden for spring requires knowing your garden and having a vision for it.
2. Survey your garden and clean up any debris and deciduous trees and shrubbery. With your vision in mind, you can help ease the later burden of spring yard work by sculpting your yard into shape by pruning, sawing trees and removing branches. Cut off any hanging branches from trees or dead wood from bushes.
3. Take an inventory of your gardening equipment and pick up anything you need. Make sure everything is stored carefully but within easy access so you can hit the ground running.
4. Using a garden edger, define the perimeter of your garden beds. Your lawn may have overrun the border a bit, so tidy it up for a cleaner look.
5. Clean your garden beds by using a rake to remove any perennial foliage, all of the edging, any old mulch and leaves. Removing old mulch is especially important so it doesn’t overtake your plants or cause the wood of your trees to rot.
6. Order your seeds. Peruse seed catalogs and websites. Preparing your garden for spring can be a fun endeavor and many gardeners enjoy browsing for seeds and daydreaming about the end result.
7. Start seeds indoors! You can buy plastic sheets of many small containers called cell flats, or even use simple egg cartons. The University of Minnesota’s horticulture experts recommend using a seed-starting mix of peat and vermiculite, which is better for new seeds than regular soil. You can also put your small plants in a container, like a planter or window box, and let them continue to grow in a sunny window until it’s warm enough outside.
8. Focus on your soil. Depending on your climate, preparing a garden for spring requires focusing on the soil. If you get snow and ice, between bouts of frozen precipitation, break up the soil as much as possible. This helps to provide air and loosen the soil. If you compost, you can also add compost to your garden plot. Additionally, test your soil with a ph test kit, which are easy to obtain. Take multiple samples from around your garden and yard. Amend as necessary.
9. Pick some perennials to enliven your landscape. Land Steward advises “buying perennials that have already experienced at least one full growing season is worth the additional cost as they will probably be sturdier and more likely to thrive than smaller, cheaper options.”
With this checklist in hand, you’ll be well on your way to a successful growing season! Check back with Windowbox.com for gardening tips and tools.