Early Spring Gardening Tips
How do I prepare my garden for Spring?
Now that the snow has mostly melted, here are some early spring gardening tips to keep your yard healthy and looking great once the temperature gets a little warmer.
- Clean your flowerbeds
- Divide your perennials
- Add fresh mulch around perennials
- Prune trees and shrubs
- Check hardscaping for needed repairs
- Plant hardy vegetables
Clean your flowerbeds
Prepare for planting annual flowers and vegetables, clear the soil surface from dead leaves and debris, remove winter mulch from perennials and ornamental grasses, and cut back last year’s dried foliage. Protect your hands from cuts and scrapes by wearing gardening gloves.
Divide your perennials
Divide your perennials just before spring growth to save money and maintain plant health. This technique allows you to add more plants to your garden and share with friends. Dividing the clumps also helps to promote new growth and prevent bare spots.
Add fresh mulch around perennials
Add fresh mulch around garden beds for a polished look, weed control, and soil moisture retention. Spread evenly and avoid layering too close to plants to prevent disease. Keeping the mulch level helps during heavy rains or wind. Use river rocks for areas prone to erosion.
Prune trees and shrubs
If you haven’t already, prune fruit trees before buds bloom to avoid stressing them and producing a small or no crop. This time is also ideal for pruning summer-blooming trees and shrubs as well.
Check hardscaping for needed repairs
Inspect stonework for frost heaves in paths and edging, and repair any damage to the deck or patio. Clean outdoor furniture for relaxation after gardening.
Plant hardy vegetables
Plant hardy, cool-season vegetables such as potatoes, artichokes, peas, and lettuces during early spring in cool soil after the thaw. They will be ready for harvest by early summer.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.Audrey Hepburn
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