Preparing Your Garden for Spring

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on May 1, 2013

Preparing Your Garden This Spring

Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your garden at home and getting it ready for upcoming blooming season.  Before you can start to reap the benefits of a beautiful backyard or front lawn, it’s important to make sure that you’ve got everything settled so you can get the most out of your work.

If you’ve got anything in your garden or yard that blooms or grows every years, it’s time to start the cleanup work so you can make sure they’re just as beautiful this year as they were last year.  Grab a pair of prunes and make sure you’ve cut back the fruit trees and get rid of any dead or decaying pieces of your rose bushes.  Think of plants as very similar to the hair on your head: they both greatly benefit from being trimmed every once in a while so the new growth can breathe properly.

If you’re the type of person who keeps your garden in shape all year around, the chances are you put down some of the hardy winter mulch to keep your plants protected throughout the colder months.  Now that it’s spring and is’ beginning to get warmer outside, it’s time to get rid of that mulch you put down.  If you don’t remove it, you risk your plants suffocating under the weight when they try to grow this year.

Buy your mixed wildflower seeds now and start them early.  Grab some soil and a few flower pots and start growing them inside your home so you can get an early start on them once you’ve put them into the ground.  This will give you a few extra weeks of having something growing in your garden while everything else is just starting out, meaning you’ll have some beautiful colors sooner than you would otherwise.

Take not of any weeds that might also be thriving in spring’s warmer temperatures and get rid of them immediately.  Gardening becomes quite a chore if you wait too long and the weeds have taken hold on your flower bed or lawn so make sure you get rid of them before they can really start.  The sooner you get rid of them, the better, and any treatments you give your lawn while you’re growing your garden won’t be risked on pesky weeds.

May is a great time to start putting down your mulch.  Since spring is known for being quite wet in the month of April, it’s better to wait until the ground has dried and warmed up a bit more before putting down your mulch material.  May is the best time for this.  Mulch helps keep your garden looking nice while helping your plants retain the moisture you give them when the days get warmer.

As soon as you start seeing new growth with your plants (both old and new), it’s time get the fertilizer into the garden.  Fertilizer is key to helping your garden be the best it can be and it will do wonders for helping your plants survive and thrive in the upcoming months.

A great looking garden is something that can really help the look of a home and it’s a great hobby for most people, but it can’t just be begun.  There are a few steps you need to take before you can get your beautiful colors in your yard, but they don’t take a lot of work and you’ll be much happier for having done them.


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Janie from Trees For Sale September 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Hi Stephanie,

I really enjoy gardening and have been showing my daughter how to work with me in the garden. This summer was a really great year for us here in Tennessee. I was wondering, do you have any fertilizer recommendations?


Stephanie Suesan Smith September 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

I recommend you have a soil test and follow the fertilizer recommendations that you get with your results. Your county Extension agent has information on how to do a soil test and where to send it for analysis. It is usually $10 or $15 so it is not expensive.


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