How to Prep for Your Spring Garden

Posted on May 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How to Prep for Your Spring GardenSpring is the time of year when many homeowners get inspired to spruce up their landscape with new plants and shrubs. If you are excited to get started on your spring garden there are a few steps you can take to prepare so you have the highest likelihood of success. In order to prep for your spring garden, start by removing debris, preparing the soil, and making well-researched plant choices. Once you do these three things you will be on your way toward having a beautiful spring garden.

Remove debris

The first step in preparing for your spring garden is to remove any debris in the area where you want to plant. It may sound obvious to remove debris like trash or clutter but less conspicuous debris like dead plants also needs to be removed. The leftover plant debris from last season has the potential to spread disease to your new plants if it is not removed. Do a thorough cleaning out of your flowerbeds removing trash, plant debris, mulch from last season, and anything else that has accumulated.

Prepare the soil

The condition of your soil will have an impact on the success of your spring garden. Plants need nutrient rich and well-drained soil in order to grow to their best potential. You can aerate and fertilize your soil to add in the space and nutrients that your plants will need. The time and tools required for these tasks will depend on the size of your flowerbeds. If you only have a small space for your garden you can do these tasks by hand. For larger areas you may need to rent equipment or bring in professional help.

Make well-researched plant choices

Once you have cleaned out your flowerbeds and prepared the soil it is time to start planting. Your plant choice is an important part of getting a stunning spring garden. The plants that will thrive and do the best in your flowerbeds are the ones that are native to your area. If you live in a dry area native plants will be much more tolerant to drought than tropical plants. You will have a much easier time growing and caring for plants that come from your region or a similar climate. Take some time to research plant that are native to your area and get expert recommendations on plant choice. Some local nurseries will only carry native plants or may have a section dedicated to the local selection. 

A thriving spring garden can bring new life to the landscape of your home. If you are intentional with your preparations you can have a garden that is healthy and thriving all season long. If you need help with your spring garden or any other aspect of lawn care you can get it from the experts at The Experienced Gardener.

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