The sun is out, the birds are singing a sweet song, and your garden is starting to come back to life – it’s time to pull on those gardening gloves and get to work. With just a little hard work from you, your outside space will be blooming beautiful once more.
Here are some essential garden maintenance tips to ensure your garden is as beautiful as it can be this spring and summer:
Clean It Up
First and foremost, you will need to clean up the garden. This means raking up any errant leaves, pulling any weeds and removing any dead branches or trees that are getting in the way. You can do most of this yourself, but a good licensed tree removal company should be called to deal with getting rid of any trees you no longer want in the garden. This is important because, not only could you injure yourself, but you could also damage yours and your neighbor’s property if you try to do it all yourself.
Another thing you might want to do if you have a patio or yard area is take a power washer to the surface. This will remove any dirt and grime that has built up while you’ve been indoors, leaving your garden looking cleaner than ever.
Breathe New Life into Your Soil
In the winter months, the soil tends to dry out and become pretty useless for anything, which means that you need to add some moisture back into the ground. The best way to do this is by adding a new layer of compost into the mix. If you want to really make your garden bloom, hiring a soil specialist, who will be able to analyze your garden’s nutrients and custom mix you some compost, could be a good idea.
Prune Your Plants
Plants that have made it through the winter need to be pruned so that they will regrow in the spring. Ideally, you should prune them in April or May, so that you can avoid any late frosts that could kill them off. If your plants bloom, you will need to prune them immediately after flowers appear, so that you don’t cut away any future flowers and make your garden rather bland and boring.
Spring is also the most appropriate time to plant new flowers and shrubs. Plants that do particularly well when planted in the spring include pansies, tomatoes, tulips, and peas.
Adding mulch to your plant beds in the spring will help them grow bigger and stronger than ever before. You should do this after you’ve added new compost and planted any seeds, to give the garden a real boost.
Feed the Lawn
Lawns tend to take a real beating over the winter, so refeeding them with products specifically for grass is a good idea if you want your lawn to look its best in the spring and beyond. If it’s really bare, reseeding it could also help create a better-looking lawn space.
What are your tips for taking care of the garden in spring?