Tips for Spring Planting
Temperatures are warming up, and spring planting seasons has begun! It’s time to get to work in the yard so you can spend the summer months basking in outdoor beauty. However, if you’re a new homeowner, you may not have a solid grasp on basic lawn care yet. Here are a few spring planting tips to get you started.
Sharpen your tools.
You can’t garden properly without good tools. Clean and sharpen your shears, spades, and other items, and then, give any wooden handles a good sanding before rubbing them with linseed oil or mineral spirits.
Clean up your beds.
Clear your flower beds of any dead leaves, branches, or other debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Clean right down to the original soil. You’ll also want to prune back any dead deciduous grasses and damaged branches on woody plants.
Prepare the ground for new planting.
Turn over the dirt and rake it out to clear any weeds that may have grown. Then, add compost or manure where you plan to plant.
Mend the fences.
This is a great time to examine your fences, gates, and trellises for signs of decay or damage and then repair as needed.*
Scrub the bird feeders and baths.
Clean out your baths and feeders with a weak bleach solution, rinse them, and let them completely dry before refilling with water.
Spread fresh mulch or compost in your beds to help fight weeds, trap moisture in the soil, and give the garden a nice, tidy look.
Start a compost pile.
Throw your clippings from the day into a bin and start composting so you’ll have plenty of good fertilizer for your garden. Make sure the bin has a sufficient mixture of vegetable peelings, grass clippings, woody prunings, and dried leaves. Learn more about composting here.