Spring is a season in which most people are very busy in their garden. It is normally a clean-up season to get the gardens ready for planting. The best time to get your garden ready for Spring is actually when most plants are still dormant; at this moment you can make a good plan on how to prepare your garden. Most plants are known to grow well and best in spring; though Autumn is still the best time to plant as the ground is still warm which helps most of the plants actively grow.
- The first thing you should consider is getting your soil ready for planting. Dig your area well and add some organic matter from well-rotted manure or compost that will help to improve the soil. Make sure that you revitalise the existing beds and create other new beds as you get them ready for planting. Digging helps to loosen and aerate the soil therefore making it well prepared for planting. It is important to install water butts in your garden so as to collect seasonal rainfall; this is good for watering your plants.
- Prune the surrounding young trees and shrubs to maintain their vigour and great form. This is the ideal time to do so before any growth starts. Pruning makes space for fresh growth of new branches and leaves. Relocate a shrub when it is dormant and ensure that is watered sufficiently.
- Remove any weeds preferably by use of hands to avoid injuring delicate roots. This practice helps to remove the unwanted plants in the garden. Aerate your soil by raking to remove any leftover winter debris. Ensure that your lawn is kept tidy by raking as this encourages green growth and neatness. Winter debris and dead growth should also be removed from the lawn to allow the soil to air.
- Clean up debris and fallen branches around your garden. The compost pile that you have collected from dead stalks, leaves and other organic materials can be used as to spread over your soil. This will help to boost your soil by adding essential nutrients and minerals needed by the plants to grow properly. This will also help to protect plants from fluctuations in temperature and also to retain the moisture needed. Do not mulch your garden with fresh leaves to prevent them from smothering young plants.
- Clean up the summer feeders for birds to prevent a build-up of bacteria and other harmful organisms. You can also fill up the feeders for the birds in case they pass by and stop for a well-earned snack.
- This is the best time to fix trellises and repair bowed sides to the raised beds in your garden. Ensure the maintenance of the garden is done properly by keeping the fences and garden furniture in good shape. Sharpen and oil your gardening tools to get them ready for pruning and increase their performance. Clean your gardening tools as well to prevent any spread of bacteria or diseases.
Now all you have to do is get started; what are you waiting for?