That winter storm that blew though? It left a bunch of sticks and leaves all over your garden. The wind storm? Yeah, that brought some of the neighbour’s roof onto your garden. Then there’s the garbage, the excess leaves that didn’t get composted in the fall and anything else that was blowing around during the long cold winter.
Not surprisingly, the first tip anyone will give you about getting a garden ready for spring is to clean up the after math from the winter. You’ll want to get in and around all your trees and bushes too which are great magnets for debris. Once you have this all cleaned up the garden will already begin to look much better so it’ll be on to tip two.
Which is, prep your garden tools. Dull tools aren’t going to work as well as sharp ones so get everything with a blade sharpened, give your lawnmower a tune up and make sure it has fresh gas so it actually starts once it’s time to hit the lawn.
While all of this is going on, you’ll want to prepare your soil. Rake it, turn it over, add compost to it and get it as healthy as can be after it’s been sitting under all that snow. When you turn soil over you are loosening it and allowing air to get in and around the garden, which is good for everything already planted and what you are about to plant.
You’ll want to plan your garden out, especially if you are starting from scratch or you need a lot of new plants. Take the plan to the nursery with you so you can get what you need and not be distracted by all the pretty things in there. Once home and the risk of frost is passed for the season you’ll want to plant your garden. Remember to give things room to grow and put taller things in the back for contrast and texture.
The last part is put a new layer of mulch over the whole area. This helps with water conservancy, will keep your plants cool and should block most weeds. Over the winter the old stuff will have discoloured or blown away, so it is always a good idea to add new each spring.
Once planted just remember to water it and you will have a lovely garden to look at all summer long.
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