I never ever like to utilize the word “tasks” (ick!) when it concerns gardening, but let’s face it … there are a few things we need to do each season to keep our garden healthy and productive. Honestly, the fall preparation can be a little tough for me … after all, it can be difficult to see how it will affect your garden months down the road. (Even when you know better ’cause you check out all my great advice.:-RRB- However spring preparation, now that’s a diff story. You get to see the outcomes of your efforts quickly, and besides, the first stirrings of spring suffices to prod you along to get these (not chores) done. And I do not understand about you, however after this winter season, I ‘d do anything to get outside, even prep! (Once again, not tasks.) So here is your spring garden list that you can start dealing with as the snow melts (and it will!) and the temperatures warm! Photo by ‘Gardeners Supply’.
1. Take out the toolbox, cause it’s time to fix! Before you are kept hectic pulling weeds, planting and designing, and gathering veggies, make certain anything that has actually been put aside for repairs gets fixed. Stepping stones heaved from the ground? Time to lay them back in flush with the ground. Solar path lights not working? Repair or change! While you are at it, ensure to get some spring gardening supplies for your little helper!
2. Time to suffice all back. Perennials and some shrubs need to have all the old dead growth cut back in early spring, to permit them to regrow with a lot of light and air blood circulation. (Also, it’s prettier!) If you haven’t cut back your ornamental turfs and increased bushes, the sooner the much better. Discover how to prune increased bushes.
3. Tidy it up! Scrub out containers to get them all set for brand-new designs this spring and summer, any tools that missed your fall preparation need to be cleaned up and possibly oiled, birdhouses, ponds and water fountains all need an excellent cleaning out and checking over. If your spring bulbs are covered with a mash of fall leaves, clean them up so they won’t rot beneath. Required a project? Try our posts on how to build a pond, or Do It Yourself water container gardens.
Loving this spring garden checklist so far, right? I know, I understand. But it has to be done, better have a plan!
4. Plant bare root roses and trees and shrubs. This is a fun time to get good deals on bare root plants … get them in the ground prior to the weather condition warms too much. Tip: Make certain you currently know where the plant is going to go when you bring it home … Bare root plants are great till they break inactivity, then you much better hope they remain in the ground already! It’s actually easy to set a new increased bush or 2 aside till you choose where to put them, just to discover them dried out and stunted since they broke dormancy without the advantage of soil and water. We grow David Austin English roses for their incredible fragrance! (Oh, and they’re canyon!)
5. If you have some perennials that were crowded last season, or you simply want to create more plants, now is the time to divide those perennials.
6. Look for watering requirements. If you have had a dry winter, make certain you provide all your plants a great long beverage to help them wake up to spring. In mid-late spring you can begin your fertilizing schedule.
7. Now the fun part of this spring gardening checklist … plant something! Early spring veggies, pansies and primroses, and new perennials are prime for planting in spring. Make certain after all the (not tasks) you reward yourself by doing the something you have actually been waiting to do all winter season … get your hands in the soil, and support a living plant (or 5)!
Was that so hard? And besides, it got you out in the garden! I understand, I state that a lot.:-RRB- If this spring garden list helped get you going, check out our posts on Do It Yourself compost bin jobs and top organic fertilizers you can make!