Spring is the perfect time to refresh and rejuvenate the garden beds after the cold winter months. With the weather starting to warm, it’s time to prepare your garden for spring. Here are a few tips to help you get the garden ready for the upcoming growing season.
Clean the Garden Beds to Prepare for Spring
The first step to preparing your garden for spring is to clean up any debris that may have accumulated during winter. Remove fallen leaves, dead plants, and weeds. Rake your garden beds to quickly remove debris and aerate the soil.
Prune shrubs and trees that are growing too near the house. Pruning encourages new growth and helps keep your plants healthy. Remove dead or damaged branches and limbs that could scratch or damage your home’s siding.
Prepare the Garden Soil for Spring
Test your soil to determine its pH level and nutrient content. Understanding the soil will help determine which fertilizer or soil amendment your garden needs to thrive.
Spring is the perfect time to prepare your soil for planting. Remove weeds and work in organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. Amendments to the garden soil will provide essential nutrients for your plants.
Adding Spring Bulbs
Spring-blooming bulbs – like tulips and daffodils – add color to your garden after a long winter. Plant bulbs in the fall for best results, or purchase pre-planted bulbs from a nursery to add to the garden in spring.
Plan the Garden Layout
Consider the layout of your garden beds and plan where you will plant vegetables, flowers, and shrubs. You’ll make the most of your garden space and make sure your plants have the best possible growing conditions.
Mulching your garden helps retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Add a layer of organic mulch around the perennials and shrubs, such as bark chips, shredded leaves, or straw.
Following these tips, you can prepare your garden for spring and ensure your plants have the best possible growing conditions. Pay attention to the weather and supplement the garden beds by watering as needed.