Spring Garden

What do you need to know about a Spring Garden?

Whether you’re a new gardener or a tried-and-true expert, spring is a good time to freshen up the soil and apply a little mulch to feed the soil and the plants. As you work through the border there’s still time to do a little dividing of perennials, Lift them, divide the crown and replace the plant in a smaller group or elsewhere, discarding the central part of the crown.

Spring is a time to get your delicate hands dirty and do some planting and to maximize the gardens’ success this year.

In spring it is important to make sure that the work you are doing during cleaning isn’t making the soil compact. Waiting until the soil is dry before walking in your garden is the best decision. This avoids the compaction of soil which can bring about difficulty in the growth of plants.

Testing if the soil is compact

You can get a handful of soil in your hands and then squeeze into a ball, drop from a moderate height, about the waist, if the ball remains, the moisture content of the soil is high, if the ball breaks apart the moisture is moderate and probably dry enough to walk in the garden.

There are things you might want to do such as getting ready for a lawn and undergoing planting. In the meantime, you wouldn’t want to forget your vegetables and perennials

Some quick ecological tips and other actions that you can carry out in the spring to continue wildlife preservation and preparation ahead of the growing season.

  1. Make sure you get some gloves and be fully clothed; you wouldn’t love to get infected with cutaneous myiasis, Funny.
  2. Cleaning

This is a very good time to clean the garden and remove all the debris such as leaves, leftover snow, etc. Get rid of weeds; make sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools if needed because you’re going to require them for plant maintenance and soil care. Examples of garden tools include hoe, hand trowel, spades and shovels, etc.

  1. Revitalize/Replenish your soil

The soil is likely dried out, compact and packed after winter, it’s time to add moisture and let the soil loosen up. Add organic material such as compost or manure. You might need to test the soil to see what nutrients it needs, so you give it the right mixture. You might also need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.

  1. Trimming/Pruning

Plants such as fruit trees that include apples, pears, cherries that survived the previous season will need to be pruned so they’ll grow anew and make fresh contacts in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or May in case there’s an unexpected freeze or before new growth develops. Blooming plants should also be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Take note that summer plants should be pruned in early spring.

  1. Add Mulch

In addition to compost, manure or fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. Making mulch of up to one to three inches helps to prevent the growth of weeds and diseases. Mulching also helps to keep and retain moisture in the garden, providing steady temperature and maintaining heat. According to the rule of thumb, the much should be kept a few inches away from the plant stems so as to prevent its roots from rotting.

  1. Plant new flowers and shrubs

Once you’ve gotten the garden or in shape and handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new plants. You should consider using any good spring plants and some include:

  1. Pansies
  2. Snapdragons
  3. Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula
  4. Redbuds
  5. Lilacs
  6. Tulips

You should lean towards planting more perennials rather than annuals because annuals have to be replaced year in year out. This implies that you’re investing in plants that will die annually and replacements will be required. On the other hand,  Perennials last for two to three years and usually survive frosts of winter.

  1. More Flowers and Vegetables

The first thing to do once your garden is prepared and ready is to begin the planting of early spring flowers such as pansies, lilacs, redbud and grand maitre crocus. Cool-season vegetables such as lettuces, peas, spinach, chard and arugula could also be planted

  1. Mid Spring

There are things you should consider doing during mid-spring and they include;

  1. Consider new flower beds.
  2. Plant some hardy annuals.
  3. Transplant seeds.
  4. Mulch.
  5. Late Spring

There are things you should consider doing during late-spring and they include;

  1. Deadhead and remove bulbs.
  2. Prune flowering shrubs.

There are a few extras points you should also consider

Composting has become increasingly popular but for those who have not done it, composting sounds like an intimidating task. As long as the right ingredients are added into your compost pile in the correct proportion, your garden will derive nutritious benefits from the decomposed organic material.

The materials added to compost piles can either be “green” or “wet” ingredients and “brown” or “dry” ingredients. A good and quality compost pile has a balanced proportion of “green” and “brown” ingredients

Does your garden or yard have Bird feeders and bath?

Cleaning of feeders and baths off leaves and water that have been collected throughout the winter is very important. Appropriate and periodic draining of birds’ baths also prevents pests like mosquitoes from entering your yard.

Get a fly collector

There are now inexpensive ways to collect flies; however flies are beneficial to our gardens since they are important pollinators, they can be an annoyance but they make a five-course meal out of the garden. You should try this unless there is a fly infestation or a serious concern. You can also reduce the flies by regularly removing leaves, sticks and dead flowers that fall off the plant. Also reduce the amount of compost, manure, mulch and fertilizer used in the garden/yard. Anytime you notice dead, damaged, decayed or infested areas, you should remove immediately. There are also biological control options and insecticide that you could use to create a fly free garden.

Picking a tree

You should try and learn everything and as much as possible all you need to consider before picking a tree

Indoor Plants All Year-Round

There are great indoor plants you might want to try out, some are;

  1. Begonia
  2. Bromeliads
  3. African Violet
  4. Scented Geranium
  5. Poinsettia
  6. Peace Lily
  7. Lipstick Plant, etc.