With winter finally behind us, it’s time to dust off your garden tools and prepare your garden for spring. With more daylight, warmer weather, and plenty of rain to keep your plants alive, there is no better time than now to create the garden you’ve been dreaming about all winter. But, there are things you must do first to prepare your garden for spring before you can reap the rewards.
From tools and sheds, to digging over soil and making it ready for planting, the infographic below will show you some practical ways to get a head start on your spring garden.
By planning ahead, you can ensure a beautiful garden that you can enjoy all spring and summer long.
by Craig Manor.
Top Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Spring:
- Light: Before planting, you should make sure there are not any large objects in your garden that block sunlight, like a large tree or shed. If they need moving or cutting back, you should do this before getting started on your garden
- Water: Want to have a beautiful garden but don’t want to increase your water usage? Use a water butt! Water butts are a frugal way to ensure your garden stays hydrated because they collect rainfall. This water is also better for you plants than tap water, so it’s a win-win situation.
- Soil: To prepare your soil for a spring garden, star by turning the soil by digging 6-12 inches deep. Then, add organic matter like compost, dead leaves, etc. and when the weather starts to warm and the soil starts to dry, break down the top layer into crumble with a rake.
- Space: To make space for your garden, clean up overgrown flower beds, shrubs and fix any fences or borders.
- Map it Out: You don’t need fancy blue prints, but having a good idea about the space and organization of your garden will make planting easier. You’ll want to take into consideration where the sunlight will be entering, where the shaded areas will be and how much room certain plants will take up when they’re full grown.
- Create a Seed Graph: A seed graph helps you organize your seeds by plant date so you can keep track of when harvesting time will be based on when you planted them.
- Audit Your Tools: Creating a spring garden can’t happen unless you have the right tools, so take an inventory of what you have before you get started. You’ll also want to clean all of your tools as they might have accumulated dust and rust in the last year.
- Know What Plants to Grow: There’s no use in having a garden, if you don’t know what plants thrive in the spring. From pansys to yellow trilliums to daffodils, get to know what flowers grow best in your climate.
- Use Pots and Planters: Not all of your flowers have to be planted in your yard. Use pots and planters to add beauty to your porch, deck and interior of your home.
- Hang Bird Feeders: To prevent birds from ruining your garden, keep bird feeders topped up.