7 Things to do in Your Garden before Planting this Spring If youâ€™re itching to get planting in your garden this spring, you might not be as ready to get started as you might think. While spring is just around the corner, itâ€™s vital to make sure your garden is well prepared and ready for planting if you want to have a full, lush garden. Whether you are preparing for a vegetable garden or are just anxious to get your lawn and flowerbeds back in shape, you can take a few steps to make sure your garden looks beautiful all season. Aerate your Lawn Aerating your lawn in the spring is a great way to help jump start it for the summer. Use a powered lawn aerator to make your job easier and to cover your entire lawn quickly. Before you start, mow your lawn and remove any sticks, leaves or other debris that could get in the way.
Lawn aeration has been proven to allow for better drainage, reduce irrigation and make it possible for oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil more easily. The healthiest lawns are aerated regularly, so be sure to do it this spring for a full, green lawn all spring and summer. Remove Dead Plants
Before you start planting for the year, itâ€™s a great idea to take some time to remove dead plants. If you didnâ€™t do this in the fall, you likely have quite a few plants that have wilted and died and are ready to be removed. Be sure to take out the entire plant, including the roots, so you can have a fresh start with your soil. Removing dead plants makes your garden healthier, as you can focus your energy and your soil can focus its nutrients on growing new plants. Of course, taking dead plants out of your garden also makes it look much better. Be careful not to remove plants that are just dormant and will spring back to life as the weather warms up. Perennials can look lifeless until they come back for the spring, so donâ€™t let them fool you! Trim Trees and Hedges Trimming back trees and hedges is another great way to polish your garden and make it look its best. Plants that are taking over and are overgrown distract from your entire landscape and make your garden look unhealthy.
When you trim trees and hedges you are also helping the plant stay healthier, as it can put all its energy into healthy branches and leaves, making the whole plant stronger and fuller.
Lay New Mulch One of the easiest ways to update your garden and make it look fresh and ready for planting is to lay new mulch. If you want, you can use a wood chipper to turn those tree and bush trimmings into all-natural mulch. Add a good layer of mulch to the ground around trees, bushes and shrubs to prevent weed growth and make them look sharper. You can also add mulch to your flowerbeds, but do this after you add any new plants you are planning on adding this spring. Using mulch in your garden will help prevent weed growth and can help you conserve water. Some mulches also benefit your soil, making it healthier. If you leave a layer of mulch in your garden over the winter, it can help keep the soil temperatures constant so your garden will stay healthy during the cold months. Prepare your Soil One of the most important things you can do for your garden this spring is prepare your soil. You don’t want to put new plants in soil that can’t support them or that won’t provide enough nutrients to help them grow to their fullest potential. You can actually have your soil tested if you want to find out what nutrients it lacks and what kinds of plants will thrive in it. If you don’t want to go that route, you can add fertiliser to your gardens or simply add a layer of fresh soil from your local nursery. Before you add new plants or seeds, use a rake to loosen the soil so that new plants can easily take root. The soil shouldn’t be too fluffy, but loose enough that you can easily run your fingers through it. Compact soil isn’t the best for new plants, so avoid flattening garden beds. Check Plant Health Before you head to the nursery to pick up some new plants for the season, check your garden and note your existing plants’ health. Of course, remove anything that is dead or diseased, as these plants can hinder your entire garden. As you do this, you will get a good idea of what your plants need to stay healthy and any extra steps you may need to take to make your garden flourish. You’ll also get a better idea of what plants to buy. For example, if some of your tulips aren’t coming up this year, you may want to buy more bulbs. If some of your ivy is sick, you could trim it back and talk to your local nursery about how to bring it back to life. When you know what is going on in your garden you can take much better care of it and you can decide what kinds of plants to add that will complement your landscaping and enhance your garden.
Make Repairs to Garden Accessories Before your plants are in full bloom and you are busy tending your vegetables, now is the perfect time to make repairs to garden accessories. Repair things like fences, trellises, fountains, garden boxes and other things so they are in top condition. Of course, these things contribute to the overall look of your garden, but they will also make your garden function better so itâ€™s easier to take care of. Before you start planting this spring, use these tips to make sure your garden is ready for the season so it will be full, gorgeous and healthy all season long. To find out how we can help you maintain your garden, please see our gardening range: http://www.hss.com/cl/1014396/Gardening.html
Published on May 29, 2014