Spring is a welcomed season for people who love to garden. It is full of possibilities for designing a landscape that you can enjoy all season long. If you are just getting started in gardening then it can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately, the process is not overly complicated. The key is to prepare your garden properly so that your plants have the best chance of thriving.
Start with a clean slate
Before you put in your first plant it is essential that you thoroughly clean the area where you plan to have your garden. Get rid of any weeds that are growing and make sure you remove them from the root. Clean up debris like trash, leaves, and dead plants from last year’s garden. Dead plants can actually spread disease and pests to the new plants you put in your garden. Once everything is cleaned out you can move forward to the next step.
Feed the soil
You need to get the soil ready to receive the plants. The soil in each area varies and may or may not have the nutrients it needs to support the plants you have chosen. Start by aerating the soil or tilling it up to increase airflow and allow for fertilizer. Once your garden is tilled up you can add in fertilizer and create a more nutrient rich soil for your plants.
Go local with plant choice
This is a tip that any experienced gardener will tell you-go local with your plant choice. Plants that are native to your area will grow better and require much less care than those that are native to a different environment. You will thank yourself later in the season for going with plants that do not require constant attention. Talk to the owner of your local nursery or do research online to find out what types of plants are native to your area.
Pests can destroy the looks and health of the plants in your garden. You can protect your plants from pests naturally but strategically planting pest repellant plants in your garden. If you have a serious pest problem you may need to look into other options like DIY pest sprays or hiring a professional.
Have an ongoing plan
Starting a garden is a lot of fun but maintaining it can turn into hard work. You can prevent fatigue and ultimately burnout by going into your spring gardening with a plan. This may involve choosing low maintenance plants, automating some of the processes like watering, and hiring a lawn care company to do some of the maintenance.
These tips should help you get started on your spring garden with confidence. Taking a little extra time in the beginning to prepare properly will save you a lot of time and energy in the future. If you need help with any part of your spring garden you can always give The Experienced Gardener a call.