Before Spring Is In Full Swing: Spring Garden Tips To Keep In Mind
Spring Gardening time is here! Winter is almost over! You can see the sun shining, the birds chirping, and your garden coming back to life.
Spring is a busy time for gardeners! Stepping back into your garden after the big thaw can be overwhelming. As your garden needs some help to get back into shape again, you need to get the supplies and tools and get to work.
Whether you’re planning your first garden or you’re recovering your old one, getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do.
Here are some tips for spring gardening to make your garden greener and more beautiful as the season reaches its peak.
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Clean Out Your Garden
Before you do anything, clean your garden and remove all the debris. Take out the leaves, leftover snow, or things that are lying around. Get rid of the weeds and make sure that you get them from the root so you won’t have to deal with them later.
Apply Weed Killer
Pulling the weeds from the soil does not guarantee that they will not grow back. Before you start doing anything, apply a weed killer to remove all the broadleaf weeds.
Prep Your Soil
To get a beautiful, greener, and bountiful garden, the key is a well-prepared soil. Prep your garden by removing the rocks, tilling the soil, and adding compost. Make it a welcoming place for your new Spring Gardening plants!
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Make sure the soil is not too moist. Excess water at the beginning of the growing season can stunt plant growth.
Trim Old Plants
Plants that survived the cold season would need to be pruned so that they’ll grow better this spring.
Blooming plants should be pruned right away once they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers.
Once you have your garden in shape and have handled all of your old plants, it’s now time to get planting.
Keep in mind that you should plant more perennials than annuals. Annuals have to be replaced every year. This means you are investing in plants that die every year and need constant replacement. Perennials last for two to three years. They also survive winter frosts.
Feed The Soil
Before the spring season gets into full swing, feed your soil with some fertilizer.
Throw a handful of fertilizer over every four square yards. Potted plants would love liquid fertilizer for a quick boost to keep them going.
Add Some Mulch
Aside from adding fertilizers and organic materials, you can also add mulch to your Spring Gardening regimen.
A good one to three inches of mulch can help prevent weeds and diseases. It can also keep the moisture in your garden and maintain the temperature.
The rule of thumb here is to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems. This is to keep the roots from rotting.
You can also use compost and that way each time you water, or it rains – your plants get more nutrients added back into the soil from the compost on top.
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Boost With Coffee
Did you know that other than perking you up in the morning, coffee can also help your plants thrive?
Using your used coffee grounds can save you some money, on fertilizer, as it gives your plants an early boost. Since it is rich in nitrogen, it stimulates the growth of your plants and vegetables.
After drinking your cup of Joe in the morning, toss the coffee grounds into your compost or place them directly on top of your garden soil (once they cool down…).
Crack An Egg
Crushing up some eggshells and burying them with your seedlings will add in healthy calcium levels. This will prevent the condition known as blossom end rot when the vegetables suffer from sunken in sessions, resulting in rotting out the whole fruit.
Clean The Bird Feeders
Do you have a welcoming spot for birds? Now is the best time to give your bird feeders a fresh start.
Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing them with weak bleach. Mix 1/4 cup of bleach with 2 gallons of warm water. Use it to rinse the feeders then dry them thoroughly before refilling.
If you have a birdbath, scrub it with the bleach solution and rinse it thoroughly before refilling. Don’t forget to change the water weekly.
Once your spring garden is up and running, don’t forget to take a look to the future and decide what you want to do next. You’ll need to do plan your care of your garden to help it stay colorful and beautiful throughout the season.
For your gardening maintenance throughout the rest of the season, here are some Spring Gardening tips:
- Consider making new garden beds.
- Plant hardy annuals.
- Transplant seeds or seedlings.
- Apply mulch.
- Remove bulbs and deadheads.
- Prune flowering shrubs.
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Spring is in and so is gardening! Before the season gets into full swing, make sure that you and your spring garden are fully prepared.
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