Getting Ready for Spring

Winter seems endless, but spring is only a couple of weeks away and it won’t be long before you’re back in your garden.  Spring is the time for cleaning up and planting seeds, but if you want your garden to look beautiful come mid-summer then you need to prepare now.  Here are some spring cleanup tips that need to be done before you plant.  Getting ready for spring is your first chance to get your hands in the dirt and start making your garden beautiful again.

Cleaning Up the Garden

First things first, you need to clean out the garden.  If you have debris left in there from the winter it is time to clean it up and throw it out.  Don’t forget that it isn’t just your garden but your lawn too.  If you have leaves and twigs then you can use it for compost.  You can dig into the soil in the flower beds to make sure it doesn’t get hard.  If you aren’t able to do that yourself you might want to bring in a landscape company to do it for you.

Clean Out the Greenhouse

If you are fortunate enough to have a greenhouse that will also need to be cleaned up too.  Clean out the containers of plant matter and get them ready to be used again.  The floors will need to be swept out, this helps to make sure you don’t have any unwanted pests taking up residence.  You want your greenhouse to be perfect when the time comes to plant.

Start Shopping for Seeds and Bulbs

If wait until the last minute to head to the local garden center to grab your seeds and bulbs you may find them all gone, so start early.  You could end up missing out on all the beautiful colors in your garden come summer.  Double check the bulbs to make sure that they are in good condition so that when you plant they will take.  Don’t wait too long or you could end up missing your opportunity.

Fix Your Gates and Fences

If you like the plants in your garden divided up then you need to make sure that your fencing is in good condition.  You should do it for aesthetic reasons as well.  If the fencing is made of wood make sure that it has been treated and it is not being eaten by termites.  For the main fence around your yard make sure all the latches are working and repaint where you need it.

Check Your Tools

If your gardening tools sat outside or in the shed all winter it is time to get them out and make sure they are ready to be uses.  Clean and sharpen where it is needed and replace those that need replacing.  Have all the right tools before you start planting.

Get the Compost Ready

Compost and manure are essential to every beautiful garden and you’re going to need lots of it.  If you can avoid using chemical fertilizers or pesticides that can do harm to your plants or your family.

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