With the snow finally melting and life returning to our yards, it’s time to give some thought to your gardening plans for the year. Spring planting is an exciting time for new possibilities, but it can be confusing and time-consuming to get your garden organized and ready to thrive-especially if you don’t make the right preparations.
To create the garden of your dreams, it’s best to start early with your spring planting plans. With the right approach, you can prepare the ground for a bountiful summer and fall and enjoy your garden to the fullest. If your garden plans are at a standstill or if there is so much to be done that you do not know where to start, a little guidance can help to move you in the right direction.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important things to start off your spring planting to-do list to ensure your garden looks beautiful when it comes to life.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
The quintessential garden task for spring is getting your growing space in working order. It is likely that over the winter months your yard has accumulated debris and other dead plant matter. Remove this organic material and add it to your compost pile. Clear out any early growing weeds or leftover growth from last year. Getting rid of anything that is not thoroughly composted material or pure soil is the best way to prep your land for healthy plant growth.
Spring-cleaning also applies to your tool shed. Check to make sure that your shovels, spades, rakes and other tools are all in good order. Repair or replace any critical pieces of equipment before you have to use them to avoid running into any problems down the line.
Organize A Spring Planting Schedule
One of the joys of gardening is choosing which specific plants will bloom in your garden throughout the year. Organize a timetable of planting to give each plant the best opportunity to grow in its desired weather conditions. This takes a little research and planning, but once you are an experienced green thumb it will become second nature.
After determining your growing schedule and sequence, start your spring planting indoors. Start with those that require a longer growing season first. Many people use recycled egg cartons or yogurt containers to start seeds indoors at this time of year. When the sprouts are ready, you can simply transplant them into your well-prepared garden soil.
Nip Pests In The Bud
Nothing is more discouraging than to see your beloved plants devoured by pests and diseases. Give your young seedlings the best chance for a long life by cleaning out old growing pots and flowerbeds. Look closely for traces of larvae or insect colonies. Remove these in the early spring while the pests are just emerging from hibernation, rather than dealing with a fully-fledged infestation in the summer.
Putting the effort into your garden early in the season will ensure both the success of your plants and boost your motivation for continuing your gardening efforts throughout the rest of the year. Though it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start, having a well-thought-out plan in place will help you create a garden you can enjoy all year long.
If you’re struggling with how to prepare your garden for planting or which plants work best in your garden, give our team at Fox Hollow Landscape and Design a call. With our years of experience in landscaping and design, we can give you the guidance you need to plant a garden that you can be proud of.