5 Tips for Gardening This Spring
After a harsh winter of being cooped up inside, the cabin fever has never felt so real! While you might find yourself feeling unhappy, restless, and in general discomfort, there has never been a better time to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Cue the warmer temperatures, sunny skies, April showers, and Spring flowers.
Now is the time to start getting your garden in Spring shape! While this can be an overwhelming process, it is also an exciting step to brightening your outdoor space. Here are five tips for gardening this Spring!
Get Your Soil Ready
Everyone needs a little TLC, even your soil for those beautiful flower beds! Experts say that you should prepare your soil 2-4 months prior to planting. You will want to break up and aerate the soil. The soil needs to have enough nutrients, as well as a balanced PH in order for the plants to grow and thrive.
Fertilize Your Garden
Your garden has been hibernating all winter, and it is finally time to wake up! In order to produce colorful and healthy blossoms, your flowers will need more than just water and sun. To start, you will want to apply fertilizer before periods of rapid growth and flowering. Granular fertilizers are meant to work in the soil and to be sprinkled around plants, making them the best option for preparing your flower bed for Spring!
Tune Up Your Tools
Your garden isn’t the only thing that has been hibernating all winter, but your tools as well! It’s time to break out the pruners, shovels, rakes, gloves and all of the other goodies from the back yard shed. They will need that extra attention that they missed over the winter, as we want them to be looking their best. Clean those wooden handles, and sharpen those blades. Finally, it is a good time to do inventory, and order what you might be missing for this Spring season!
Clean Up Your Shrubs
Your plants need to be as good as new for Spring, ready to welcome all of the new blossoms that come this season. Pruning shrubs by removing dead, damaged, and diseased stems will allow them to breathe again! It will make room for new, healthy stems to grow. You don’t have to do it alone. Make it a family affair! Nothing screams Spring like the whole family out in the yard, helping to prepare for the new blossoms in the fresh air!
You Can Never Have Too Much Mulch
When it comes to mulch, you can never have enough! Not only does it provide the garden with a fresh point of view, but it increases the function as well. Whether you like wood chips, straw, fresh compost, or a layer of your favorite mulch color, you will be helping to suppress weeds and retain moisture to keep your Spring garden in tip-top shape for the season.
Now that spring is in full bloom and you have broken out those green thumbs, it’s time to get your garden or landscape ready for the 2019 Spring Season! Stop by Baxter Gardens West, family owned and located in North O’Fallon, for quality design, personalized service, and timely project execution.