As the weather begins to warm up and the plants begin to bloom, you’re probably itching to get your garden back up and running after a long winter of neglect. From fallen branches to dead perennials and dried out grass, your garden is probably in need of quite a bit of TLC. To speed things up and ensure you have a lush, healthy garden worthy of showing off to the neighborhood, follow these helpful tips.
Before you get to work choosing new flowers and bushes to plant, spend some time getting your entire yard and garden areas in order. Pick up and fallen branches or debris, cut down last year’s perennials, rake out mulch from your flower beds and check the status of any trees you might have. If you notice any branches that are snapped or weak looking, hire an arborist to deal with the tree for you. If you have bird baths and other decorative items, scrub them out and clean them thoroughly. Not only will birds and other creatures enjoy using them more, but they will be more pleasant to look at for you and your neighbors.
After a full season of being kept on a shelf or in the shed, you may find some of your hand tools have developed rust and some of your motorized tools are in need of maintenance. Check each of your gardening tools to make sure they are in proper order and replace or repair tools as needed.
Purchase an at-home pH testing kit to test the pH levels around your yard. Test the soil anywhere you plan on planting flowers, vegetables or other foliage. If the pH level is too high, you can fix it by mixing some elemental sulfur into the soil. If the pH level is too low, simply mix in some dolomitic lime to raise it.
Plants that have dry or damaged branches won’t bloom as full as plants that are entirely healthy. Prune all of the bushes and other plants in your garden area to remove any diseased or damaged areas so they can grow their fullest this spring.
Spend a day weeding all of your plant beds and removing any other debris, such as dead leaves. You can use the leaves to create a compost pile if you desire. Beds that are free of weeds and other obstructions will provide healthier and more vibrant flowers and other plants.
Some plants flourish best when planted early in the season, such as bare-root trees, shrubs and perennials. Others are better suited for the end of spring, such as container-grown plants.
Fertilizing can be the difference between petite pumpkins and gourds that set records for height and weight. Fertilized plants also tend to be more vibrant and overall healthy than plants that are left to grow in regular soil alone. Use a balanced fertilizer appropriate for the type of plants you’re growing.
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