Spring Gardening

Spring is the perfect time to start doing some work in your garden. With a little planning and preparation, you can ensure that your garden is off to a great start for the growing season and ready for the months ahead.

The first thing you may want to do as soon as spring is on its way and the weather has started to get a little warmer, is to clear out any dead leaves, branches, and debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Just doing this alone will make your garden look neater and will also help prevent diseases and pests from taking hold on your plants and trees. Once you have got rid of the dead leaves and branches, you show next inspect the soil. If you are thinking of planting new flowers or shrubs or even grass seed, then you need to check that the soil is of a good enough quality. It is often a good idea to mix in some compost to the soil to ensure that it has all the added nutrients it needs. Before planting any new plants or shrubs though, you need to take note of when and how you should start them off. You will usually find that will all seeds you get information as to what time of year they need to be planted, whether they like direct sun light or shading and how often you need to water them. You will often find that many plants are best started off indoors or in a green house before planting outside. Be careful not to plant them outside too early otherwise if the weather gets colder again, it can quickly kill them all off. Although some plants require warm weather to thrive, others can tolerate cooler temperatures. Crops such as lettuce, spinach, and peas can be planted as soon as the soil is workable in the spring but just be sure to create some way of keeping pests away.

Spring is the perfect time to cut back any shrubs or trees that may have become overgrown or damaged over the winter. Pruning can help promote healthy growth and improve the appearance of your landscape. It is important you only prune the shrubs or trees in the right way as not to damage them.

If you are not very confident in the garden then you may want to enlist the help of a professional gardener who will know what to prune back when. They will often be able to work very quickly and will make a big difference to the overall appearance of the garden.