Spring Garden Prep Checklist
Are you looking forward to spring gardening season? If so, start preparing now. Growing a thriving garden is much easier when you start early.
These tips will help. Follow the checklist below to ensure you’re thoroughly prepared for the season.
1. Order Summer-Flowering Bulbs & Seeds
Early spring is an ideal time to plant summer-flowering bulbs and seeds. Thus, it’s a good idea to order them now. This gives you more time to consider your options.
Newer gardeners should also order My Garden Box before planting. It contains live plants and illustrated directions, making it perfect for a beginner.
2. Prep Your Beds & Borders
Odds are good your garden beds and borders aren’t in the best possible condition after winter. Prepare them for spring by cutting away at dead deciduous grass and removing debris until nothing but bare soil is exposed. If you have an electric grass trimmer, consider using it for this task. It will help to make this job far simpler.
Don’t throw away any dead organic matter you removed from flowers beds and borders! These can be used for composting. However, weeds should be kept out of a compost pile, unless you know for certain the temperature in it is hot enough to kill their seeds. Otherwise, the weeds will just grow back after you apply compost.
3. Sow Seeds
Some of the plants in your garden may have longer growing seasons than others. Research them to find out if they do, and if so, plant them early to ensure they grow to their full potential. Subscription boxes like Seed Plant Bloom deliver in-season seeds to help take the guesswork out of planning your planting schedule
Now is also a good time to move deciduous shrubs, which will still be dormant. Simply dig a trench around the shrub in a circular shape, remove as much of the root ball as you can, and plant it at the same level it was previously at. Don’t forget to water it too!
4. Keep an Eye Out for Pests
Pay attention to your beds and borders for signs of common hibernating garden pests. A simple way to kill them is to dig up your soil so they’re directly exposed to cold temperatures. Do this when it’s still cold enough to have a frosty night or two.
5. Install a Rainwater Tank
As its name implies, a rainwater tank lets you collect rainwater for your garden. This helps you conserve a very important resource and save money on water. To collect the most water, position the tank beneath a downpipe.
6. Check Structures
Your fences and trellises may have also sustained damage over the course of the winter. Check them now, giving yourself the opportunity to make any necessary repairs with your multi-tool and some oscillating tool blades before gardening season truly begins. Additionally, set aside a day to thoroughly clean your fence panels, removing dirt and mildew.