You may not be spending any time out in the garden at the moment because the weather is bad, but that doesn’t mean that you can just neglect it. Here are my 7 Tips to Help Prepare Your Garden For Spring! Spring will be here before you know it and you’ll want to get out in the garden again and enjoy your outdoor space. But if you want to get the most out of your garden, you need to start preparing it ahead of time, and that means that you’re already running out of time to get started.
When spring arrives, you need to get planting so your garden looks beautiful when summer rolls around. But if you want all of your plants and flowers to flourish, the key is in the preparation. If you haven’t started yet, here are some of the best tips to help you prepare your garden for spring.
Clear Out Dead Plants
The first thing that you need to do is clear out any dead plants that are in the garden. You need to give yourself a blank canvas to work with before you can start deciding how you are going to design the garden, and preparing the soil for planting. You’d be surprised how much there is to clear out, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with a junk removal company to remove it all for you, especially if you have a large garden. Alternatively, you can put all of this debris into your compost bin if you have one. When you are cleaning away all of the dead plants, you need to make sure that you bring all of the flowerbeds back to the bare soil, so the dead matter doesn’t interfere with your new plants.
Get Rid Of Pests
Pests can ruin your garden in a matter of days, so it’s important that you get rid of them before the spring arrives and you start planting things out there. A lot of these pests will be in hibernation over the winter months, ready to start emerging again soon. It’s a lot easier for you to find them and remove them while they are in hibernation, so you should prioritize this. Check the soil for any eggs and larvae, and check perennial plants for any signs of slug trails. If you do find anything, you need to treat it now, or your plants won’t stand a chance in spring.
Revitalize The Soil
Your soil may need some attention before it is ready to grow anything, and now is the perfect time to do it. As soon as the frost starts to lift, your soil is ready to be worked with. If your soil is very compacted, that’s not ideal for preparation or growing, so you need to get in there with a garden fork or a spade and loosen it up. Then you need to prepare the soil by adding compost and nutrients. All of these additions that you make to the soil need time to make a difference, so it’s best to get started right away.
Buy All Of Your Seeds And Bulbs
A lot of people wait until spring before they go to the garden center to buy all of the seeds and bulbs that they need. But if you have time, you can start ordering them now. This will save you time later on because you don’t need to brave the garden center during the busy periods, and you can usually save a bit of money if you buy your seeds and bulbs out of season.
Clean Up Your Patio Area
Your patio area has been neglected over the window and it will probably need a bit of care to bring it back to life before you can start using it again. Over the winter, the slabs can get a bit dirty and moss may start to grow on them, which doesn’t look very inviting. If you want to breathe new life into your patio, you should clean it off with a pressure washer and replace any cracked slabs. If you have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit in the garden, you need to clean it out and check that none of the metal fixtures have rusted. You may also need to check any garden furniture that has been left out over the winter because it may have some water damage. Once you have cleaned the patio area, it should be ready for entertaining guests as soon as the warm weather comes back again.
Prune Old Plants
Any old plants that are already in the garden will need to be pruned properly because, when spring comes, they will start growing rapidly. Things like trees and shrubs, in particular, need to be cut right back so you can see the branch structure. People often worry about cutting things back this much, but they will soon grow back once the warm weather sets in. This also gives you a chance to shape your plants before the new buds come in. If you get a headstart on this now, it will be a lot easier to stay on top of your garden maintenance later in the year.
Clean Out Your Greenhouse
If you use a greenhouse to grow some plants, it’s very important to clean it out before the spring so you can prepare it for the new plants and get rid of any pests that might be in there. Clear out any dead plants from inside and then wipe down the sides of the glass, possibly using a mild disinfectant if necessary. Pests can live in the smallest of spaces, so make sure to get into all of the corners clean it down thoroughly. After you are done, make sure that you air out the greenhouse properly so any of the cleaning chemicals that you have used do not affect your plants.
Once you have done everything on this checklist, your garden will be ready for planting in the spring and by the time summer comes around, it will look beautiful.