1. Get a Jump on Cleaning
Spring is just around the corner and your bulbs and plants will be popping up soon! Start by clearing all the broken branches, leaves and other debris out of your garden beds and lawn. Trim off any dead or broken branches on your trees and bushes. Deadhead your blossoms by removing the drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green, healthy stem. This will encourage new growth saving you from turning to seeds to regrow your flowers.
2. Prepare your soil
In areas with winter snow and rain the soil becomes very wet and compacted. One of the biggest mistakes inexperienced gardeners make is planting and working the soil too soon. Test whether it is ready by picking up a ball of soil feeling whether it is compacted; if it stays in a ball then it’s still too early, but if it is soft and breaks apart easily then you’re ready to start planting. When the soil is ready for planting, start by turning the soil over with a pitchfork and then raking out any weeds or leaves. Make sure to add some compost to your soil a couple of weeks before planting to allow time to mix nutrients into your soil while not burning your plants roots.
3. Make Sure to Mulch
Flowers, bushes, and trees love mulch. It forms a protective barrier around your plants and bare soil. Mulch insulates the soil providing a buffer from hot and cold temperatures, helps retain water keeping the roots moist, and prevents soil compaction. Mulch is also a great way to prevent weeds from growing and looks great in your yard!
4. Start Growing Plants Indoors
For those who still have snow on the ground, growing plants indoors is a great option, especially for vegetables that require a long growing season. Starting seeds indoors will give you a head start on the growing season and is less expensive than buying starter plants from a nursery. Purchase a seed-starting mix rather than using soil from the garden to ensure that the soil will drain well and make sure whatever container you choose to use has drainage holes. Check the seed packet for the planting depth.
5. Edge your Beds
Save yourself from some work this spring by edging your garden now. Edging helps prevent weeds and lawn from encroaching on your garden bed. Not to mention it makes your yard look fantastic.
6. Make a Plan
Above all, prepare for spring by making a plan for your landscape. Check out each zone in yard and determine which plants you want and where. Have a good mix of perennials and annual flowers so you can have color blooming throughout the season. Plant according to height to ensure that taller plants are not blocking the sun from the shorter ones. You don’t have to rely on plants alone to add a splash of color to your yard. Consider colored pots, chairs and whatever else you can imagine to make your yard stand out.