Now that the dreary winter season has passed, it is time to welcome the warmer months of spring and summer! Your garden might be looking a little worse for wear and understandably, it might seem like a big undertaking to get it summer-ready. Ideally, you’d want your garden to have colorful flowers by summer and look spruced up in general. Spring gardening is not a one-off task that should be conducted at a specific time. Rather, our guide will teach you which tasks are best suited to different times during the spring season. Let’s begin!
These are some of the first tasks that you should accomplish. They constitute the nitty-gritty “clean-up” that is important for the growing season ahead.
- Spruce up the flower beds: It’s best to remove any debris from the top layer of your soil where you’re thinking of planting new flowers.
- Add fresh mulch to perennial plants: This has the benefit of allowing the soil to retain its moisture and reduce the presence of weeds. Too much, however, and diseases could occur.
- Plant your vegetables: This is the best time to start growing vegetables like potatoes, peas, and lettuce. Once the soil has thawed, you can go ahead and plant them.
- Trim your fruit trees: Only prune after buds have begun to bloom for summer-blossoming trees.
Mid-spring is that glorious time when you see your hard work start to pay off a little. Things are starting to look good with trees blooming and bulbs growing. Now you can start growing more plants.
- Plant your perennials: This is the best time to plant pansies and other annual plants to ensure that they can grow roots before the hotter months.
- Plant new trees: The best rule of thumb is to start planting once the ground isn’t frozen anymore. This will ensure that your plants will have adequate time to bloom
- Apply more mulch: Yes, more mulch! Adding a fresh layer ensures that you will save time during the summer when others are struggling with weeds. It also helps plants stay in place when it gets too windy or rainy
This is the time when your fruit trees would have already started to bloom but it’s also time to gear up for some serious planting!
- Remove spent flowers: It might be difficult cutting away any part of a plant you’ve grown despite it looking dried up or brown but this will ensure that it keeps blooming new flowers instead of storing up energy to prepare to make seeds.
- Attend to warm-season plants: It’s time to transplant the seedlings for plants like tomatoes and bell peppers.
We hope that this breakdown of spring gardening will help you make the most of this season. If you’re new to gardening, this can be the perfect time to start. It is good physical exercise and helps you connect with others too. What’s more: you will literally reap what you sow in terms of aesthetic flowers and fresh herbs!