One of the most important things in gardening is how you prepare for the spring. Setting your garden up for success is easier than most people think. And, when you set yourself up for your success (in any area of life), the job becomes much easier and enjoyable than if you did not take those precautionary steps early on.
Is it too cliche to insert the early worm gets the worm reference? Okay too soon, too soon.
Below are some early spring gardening care and maintenance tips to help make your garden bloom in the coming season.
Transplant Troubled Plants
Early spring is the perfect time to transplant shrubs and plants. The cool temperature allows the roots to transition to their new location before the dogs days of summer. Be sure to have your wheelbarrow nearby to hold the dirt as you dig the new hole. It will make filling the hole with dirt infinitely easier.
Prune with Prudence
If you are lucky enough to have crepe myrtles in your yard, now is the time to prune them. Crepe myrtles are one of those shrubs that should be pruned in the spring. Never prune hydrangeas in the spring as you might be cutting off the current year’s blooms. Better Homes and Gardens has a great guide on when to prune particular shrubs and trees during the growing season.
Assess Needs and Troubled Areas
Create a living privacy fence with shrubs, bushes, and trees. A living privacy fence is a cost-effective solution to expensive fences while helping the environment. Also start assessing dead grass patches. Spring is the prefect time to start putting down grass for a beautiful healthy lawn.
Add Fresh Mulch to the Flowerbeds
Your plants and water bill will thank you for this small act of service. Mulch not only looks nice, but it helps the soil retain water, prevents evaporation, and keeps your flowers’ root nice and cool during the summer. It’s a good idea to add fresh mulch in the spring and fall.
Also, some plants, like holly, hydrangeas, and azaleas prefer acidic soil. Mini pine nuggets naturally break down into acidic soil so it’s a great way to control soil pH for these plants.
Sharpen Mower Blades
Your mower’s blades should be sharp and clean prior to the lawn-mowing season. Dull blades will wreak havoc on your grass blades. The jagged rips on the grass blades can lead to disease and fungus. This is also a good time to change the oil, spark plugs, and filters if necessary.
Apply Fertilizer and Weed Control to Your Lawn
In addition to feeding your lawn to replenish needed nutrients, it’s important to also treat and prevent weeds. Crabgrass and other weeds are ready to pounce once the warm temperatures arrive. Applying pre-emergent herbicides are a must when fertilizing your lawn.
Las, but not least, clean! All of this work is for naught if your home has mildew from the winter. Use a pressure washer to clean the outside of your home.