How to prepare your garden for spring?
Spring just might be the most important time of the year for any garden. It’s when your plants start waking up and growing. Of course, they’ve just spent a lot of time being dormant and living through winter, so it’s important to aid them in the process of awakening. You can do this by taking special care of your garden and paying attention to each plant in it. This will ensure healthy progress and a beautiful garden. After all, what’s more, gorgeous than a fresh and growing garden, blossoming with the rest of nature in spring?
1. Cleaning your tools is essential
You can’t start the gardening season without proper tools. All your tools have probably laid rest during the winter and are now in desperate need of a clean. Hopefully, you’ve cleaned them before you’ve put them away in the shed so as to ensure they don’t rust or become unusable due to accumulated dirt.
Still, they’re bound to be dusty and dirty, and shouldn’t be used before you’ve washed them. Having clean tools ensures they work properly as well as lengthens their life. You want your tools to last more than one gardening season, so it’ imperative to look after them properly.
2. Create an area for composting
Composting is a great way to fuel your garden with only the best. If you don’t already have a compost area, you can easily set one up. You can either use an already made bin or use some spare parts of wood to build your own compost bin. This way, you’ll have where to put all the garden waste and watch it turn into healthy fuel for later.
You should make sure to have a variety of waste in the compost to ensure high quality. Vegetable peelings, grass clippings, paper, and wood prunings should all be a part of it.
3. Fixing fences and trails is part of it too
Instead of just focusing on your plants and trees, you should also pay attention to your fences and trails. After all, they’re a part of the garden, too. You can tend to your plants without tending to the exterior and end up with a less than beautiful garden just like that. What’s more, the quality of these parts will ensure your garden can blossom properly.
The fences may have had a hard winter. The wood can easily be damaged by the snow, and you may see the paint start to peel or crack. It’s enough just to put a fresh layer of paint over it or touch up the critical parts. This will protect the wood from the sun and inevitable temperature changes. The paths should be checked and put back in order. Replace the tiles that might’ve cracked, and just polish the whole trail to give it an extra glow.
4. Sow the seeds early
Some plants need a longer time to grow, and that’s okay. Instead of sowing them at the same time as the other regular plants, you can do it early. This way, you’ll get to enjoy them at the height of spring, instead of anticipating their growth. You can sow them in January and February. Of course, these are still spring plants so you’ll need to ensure the environment is fertile for their growth.
You’ll need to get a heated propagator which will make sure your plants won’t freeze. What’s more, with this kind of device you’ll be able to rest assured that your plants will grow steadily and be ready just in time for spring. As soon as the weather’s warmer, you can bring them outside.
5. Pruning is especially important
To prune a tree means to cut away dead and overgrown branches. The same term can be applied to bushes, though here it refers primarily to trimming. The point stays the same, though. You need to rejuvenate your shrubs and trees in order to keep them healthy. After all, they’ve had a tough winter and are probably seriously overgrown right now. To get the job done quickly and effortlessly, you’ll need a set of good quality pruning shears.
No one likes seeing an overgrown plant, especially in spring. Dead weight on your trees and shrubs will also do them harm aesthetically and internally. The scruffy appearance will prevent their growth and make them simply impossible to contain. Your garden should always be neat and the plants easy to keep under control. It’s very easy for a garden to become unkempt and cluttered if the trees and shrubs aren’t groomed at the beginning of every season.
6. Clean the greenhouse
Cleaning your greenhouse before spring arrives is very important because this is going to be a thriving environment in just a matter of weeks. This means you have to secure a clean and safe place for your plants to grow. Disease can spread like wildfire in an unclean greenhouse, preventing your plants from growing.
Sweep the left plant debris off the floor, clean the pots, and pay special attention to the inside of the glass. Bacteria can survive in little nooks and crannies, so it’s imperative not to slack off. Thoroughly clean every inch of the glass, and you’ll ensure no harm will come to any new plant you put in the greenhouse. After you’ve made it spotless, it’s time to let it dry. You can do this by ventilating it over the next couple of days. This is something you can’t neglect because otherwise, your hard work will be for nothing.
In conclusion, preparing your garden takes some effort and time but is definitely a necessary process. It will make your plants healthier and more beautiful than ever. A gardener’s job is never done, and their garden demands constant attention. No matter how hard it may seem sometimes, you get to see your hard work blossom in front of your eyes and turn into a real fairytale right there, in your backyard. We’re confident everyone in the neighborhood will envy your freshly taken care of garden in greetings to spring.