Flowers

Spring is one of the best seasons. The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to resume its hibernation from winter. Your garden needs to help getting back in shape so here are some helpful tips from HomeAdvisor in making sure it is green and lush by the time the season reaches its peak.

Clean out the garden

It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, trash) Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools, if needed, because you’re going to require them for plant maintenance and soil care.

Revitalize the soil

Because your soil is likely dried out and packed after winter, it’s time to add moisture. Add organic material like compost or manure. You might need to test the soil to see what nutrients it needs, so you give it the right mixture. You might also need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.

Trim old plants

Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they’ll grow anew in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or May in case there’s an unexpected freeze. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.

Add mulch

In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It also keeps the moisture in the garden and maintains the temperature. The rule of thumb is to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.

Plant new flowers and shrubs

Once you’ve gotten the garden in shape and handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new plants. A visit to any local nursey can provide inspiration and where you can find helpful advice.

The rest of spring

Once your spring garden is up and running again, it’s time to look to the future and decide what to do with your garden next. It will need some care so it stays colorful and beautiful throughout the season. Here are some quick tips for garden maintenance throughout the rest of the season:

Mid-Spring:

Consider new flower beds.

Plant some annuals.

Transplant seeds.

Mulch.

Late Spring:

Deadhead and remove bulbs.

Prune flowering shrubs.