Important Spring Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening Tips

Gardeners love spring!  It is an exciting time of year when the garden springs into action —  the growth rate of plants suddenly increase, flowers begin to bloom, and seeds erupt from the ground. It is truly amazing to watch a garden flourish during this period.

However, quite a bit of work goes into having a successful spring garden. Before we get into the spring gardening tips there are a few other points that we should be remember before spring has sprung. It is a must to prepare and improve garden soil for the season. Spring is also the perfect time for plant cultivation, along with weeding, and other chores you failed to during the previous summer. This guide will provide a simple list of spring tips to help you create a spectacular garden for the year to come.  Let’s get started!

 important spring gardening tips

Head start With Winter Cleanup

It is much easier to have a successful garden if you have a well-maintained yard. Lets first take a look at these post-winter tasks:

  • Clear drainage
    Drainage areas can become cluttered with leaves and debris during the winter months. This material must be moved to ensure your garden has adequate drainage when the first spring showers arrive. If your soil does not drain well, seedlings and plants will struggle to survive.  Throw all of the material that you gather into your compost pile, wet broken down material is perfect.
  • Remove weeds and apply mulch
    Now is the perfect time to give your garden a thorough weeding. Weed roots will be very shallow this time of year, making them easy to pull.  After you remove weeds, add a thick layer of mulch. Approximately 3 inches of high-quality mulch should be sufficient to keep weeds down.  You could also use black plastic to prevent the weeds from growing before you are ready to plant.  Avoid placing heavy mulch too close to the base of existing plants, as it may increase the risk of  disease and rotting.
  • Make repairs to trellises, garden beds, and fences
    Winter can take its toll on timber objects including trellises, garden beds, and fences. Carefully inspect these items to see if they are rotting, bowing, or leaning. Insert new timber stakes to keep your garden beds stable and replace any rotted or warped timber. The end of winter or start of spring is the perfect to perform this work, because there will be less vegetation to get in the way.
  • Remove plant covers and winter protection
    If you used burlap or tree guards to protect your plants during winter, walk around the garden and remove them. Leaving these on during the warmer months can encourage rot and restrict growth. Definitely something to stay away from.

Important spring gardening tips

  • Remove dead foliage
    Remove any dead, diseased or damaged foliage from your plants now. It is the perfect time to perform this type of maintenance because your plants have less growth and are slow growing. While you are performing this job, loosen or re-adjust any wires or cable supports on plants that will see a lot of growth this season.

Check out these important spring gardening tips:

Re-seed bare patches on your lawn
If you want to have a luscious green lawn this spring, now is the time to re-seed. Start by raking the bare patches on your lawn. Then, mix your grass seeds into a scoop of garden soil and scatter it on top of any bare patches. Rake the soil level and keep the patches well-watered. For more detail information on planting new grass this will help.

Perform maintenance on your lawn mower
Your lawn mower will see a lot more action in the next few months, so make sure it is up to the task! Change the oil and check the condition of the lawn mower’s blades — they may need to be sharpened or replaced. A well-maintained lawn mower will be more reliable and will cut the grass more efficiently. You’ll thank yourself later.

Transplant shrubs
If you have made the decision to re-arrange where your shrubs are located in the garden, move them now.  They won’t have as many leaves and will be easier to handle. Also plants are under less stress during cooler months. Summer months during hot temps are when plants can stress.  Check out these money saving gardening hacks to try this spring.

Top dress your garden beds
Once your garden beds have dried out, apply seasoned manure or compost.  Think about what you are planting and the quality of the soil before applying these nutrients — some plants may require more compost or more conditioning and amendments in the soil.  Don’t turn your soil unless it is in very poor condition, because doing so can upset its ecosystem.  The nutrients you place on top will eventually work their way to the deeper levels.

Amend soil this spring

Test your soil’s pH 
It is best to test your soil’s pH and make changes at the end of winter or in the first week of spring. If you have a soil pH below 5.5, it is usually a good idea to “sweeten” your soil with some dolomite lime. Dolomite lime takes longer to work but it is safer for your plants than fast-acting hydrate lime. Correcting pH levels will help your flowers and vegetables extract nutrients from the ground. If your looking for a great organic fertilizer this spring this stuff works great. When soil is at an incorrect Ph plants are unable to take up much needed nutrients.

Plant early spring vegetables
Once your soil is less muddy and workable, plant your early spring vegetable crops. If your soil is still too wet it may be easily compact, which can cause seedlings to struggle. Some of the most popular early spring crops include lettuce, peas, kale, and spinach. If you are still experiencing the occasional frost, place plastic containers or cardboard boxes over your plants at night or wait a little longer for warmer ground temps.

Prepare for the bugs
Have a plan in place for dealing with insects and stick to it!  Start by applying dormant oil spray to fruit trees and shrubs that pests are known to attack. If you have vegetables planted, develop a strategy for snails, cabbage moths, caterpillars, and slugs. Consider using multiple techniques together — everything from eggs shells to barrier paper and organic sprays can play a role. Preventive measure are your best bet.

Snail damage on strawberries

Plant your flowers
Finally, plant your lilies, daffodils, crocus, and other bulbs. The speed that your bulbs grow and flower will vary greatly, but you can expect some mature bulbs to pop up this year and bloom into stunning flowers! Make sure to read labels as certain bulbs are best to plant during different times.

Thanks for reading our Spring Gardening Tips! By following these simple tips, you will have a spring garden that you can be proud of. For more gardening news, subscribe above or follow us on social media.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. That has been none very interesting read .
    I always forgot to test my soil pH since I didn’t have the test kit most times and kept forgetting to get one .That’s when I learnt how to test the pH using vinegar and baking soda.
    All you have to do is take some soil and pour half cup of vinegar in it ,if it fizzes then its alkaline soil(ph7-8) ,if it doesn’t fiz under vinegar no need to worry .Take half cup of distilled water add it to the soil then take half cup of baking soda ,add it to the muddy mixture .If it fizzes you have yourself acidic soil .(ph5-6)

    If nothing happens after both processes ,then, you my friend have yourself some neutral soil.

    This is just one tip I learned after constantly forgetting to get a test kit .I thought I’d share it.
    If you have another method ,I would love to hear it .

    I love the steps you just outlined for us for the spring , I doubt I would get such anywhere .Its very detailed and takes a step by step approach .that way I won’t be missing anything while preparing myself for the spring plant season .

    Thank you Matt.

    • Thanks for sharing your tip! That method can maybe give you a general idea but than your left with guessing just how acidic or alkaline your soil is. You can get a home test kit for just a few dollars but if you are having major issues, you really want a good soil analysis. It’s best to mail or drop off some samples and have them tested professionally. A lab can give you exact amounts of what to add and what is in your soil. It’s pretty amazing how much they can tell from a soil sample.

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