Tuesday Tips: Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

“The sun is up, the sky is blue.”

plantsWe all know that sunshine and snow melting means it is time to get outside for some fresh air. Springtime is a great time to start on your yard work that has been pushed aside since last fall. Getting your yard projects done in the spring allows you to spend your summer enjoying the outdoors. Many people are also beginning to get in their gardens to prepare for a season of fresh crops.

Now is a great time to start thinking about getting your garden ready. That is why we have compiled a great list of tips and tricks that will help you expedite the process as quickly as possible.

Getting your garden ready for spring:

• Make sure you have a goal in mind for your garden. You may want to think about what you did last year, what worked and what did not work. This will help you develop a clear idea for what you want to accomplish this year.
• Clean all of your gardening tools so they are ready for all the work they have ahead of them. You may even need to sharpen some blades and oil any moving parts on your garden sheers.
• Try starting your lawn mower and listen to make sure everything is running smoothly. If something does not sound right, then you should have it serviced.
• Test all of your hoses and your irrigation system to see if everything is working properly.
• Start picking weeds around your garden and yard. Then, fertilize your soil after picking weeds.
• Prune your trees, shrubs, and limbs that could have been damaged after the long winter.
• Lay about 2 inches of mulch on your perennial beds to help moderate temperature fluctuations. It can also help regulate moisture changes, keep the ground moist, and it adds nutrients to the soil.
• Get your seeds started by planting them indoors. There are quite a few seeds that do well in plastic trays.
• Use a garden edger to go around the edge of your garden. As you are going around, kick any of the edging into the bed so it can be raked off later.

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