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postheadericon 5 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Time!

It’s that glorious time of the year again! All around us, nature is blooming. Birds are singing, hormones are stirring, and that invigorating scent of spring can be felt everywhere. If you have a garden, it’s about time to start making preparations for the season ahead. After all, you’re not just letting nature run its course and hope for the best… are you?

In case you don’t know how to get started or want to try following a methodical approach, you will enjoy this article. Read on as we walk you through the right moves to put your garden back in shape.

Step 1. Clean out your garden.

First things first, you should remove all the unnecessary clutter from your garden. This includes clearing out all debris and rooting out all weeds, to make sure the soil is ready to welcome new plants. This is also the best time to plan ahead and decide what you want to accomplish with your gardening this year; think about what plants you want to grow, where you want to grow them and start allotting the available ground.

You may also want to check your garden tools to see if you have everything you need. Sharpen blunt tools, fix loose handles and decide if you have all the right utensils for the seasons ahead.

Step 2. Check the soil and add nutrients.

Once you have cleared all unneeded items from the soil, you should take a moment to properly revitalize it and ensure it will be fertile. Start by loosening the soil to make it easier to work with, and then add basic organic nutrients such as manure and compost to provide a fertile basis for your gardening sessions ahead.

If necessary, make sure to add fertilizers as needed to achieve the best possible results. For an advanced approach, you may actually want to consider testing your soil to see if it lacks any specific nutrients. This is the best way to ensure your plants will get everything they need from the soil in the exact proportions.

Step 3. Trim old plants.

Once you clear the soil and revitalize it with the right mix of nutrients, it’s time to start thinking about pruning your perennial plants, bushes and trees. To be on the safe side, it’s best to do this towards the second half of April to make sure you’re past unexpected freezes that might harm recently pruned plants.

When it’s time for pruning, you should make sure not to cut any blooming plants to avoid interfering with the flowering process or unnecessarily chopping potential flowers. Get started with pruning by focusing on summer plants first, and then take care of the spring plants after they’ve had their chance to blossom.

Step 4. Add mulch for best results.

If you’re not adding mulch to your garden, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. Covering fertile soil with a layer of mulch (one to three inches is fine) will improve its quality and reduce the growth of weeds and unwanted plants. It’s also a great way to keep the earth moist and ensure the temperature is right for sprouting seeds.

A word of caution when adding mulch to your garden: do not pack it around the stems of existing plants, or the humidity might lead to root decay. To stay safe, you should keep a few inches radius around the steam entirely clear of mulch.

Step 5. Start seeding and planting.

Once you’ve followed all the previously outlined steps, you’re ready for the really fun part: seeding the ground and turning your attention to the actual plants you want to grow. The best flowers to plant at the beginning of spring include lilacs, tulips, snapdragons and redbuds. Vegetables to start growing at this time include lettuce, peas, arugula and tomatoes.

To get a nice head start, you can start sprouting seeds indoors a bit earlier and then transplant them into the garden only when the evening temperatures are milder.

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