This isn’t the fun part, but get a head start on your garden by being prepared. Rake up all the dead leaves that were missed in last fall’s clean up (hopefully you did a fall raking!). Now is the time to cut back any dormant perennials so they can begin to green up again.
Each spring (and fall) compost and fresh soil should be added to your garden to amend the soil. Nutrients are quickly depleted and fresh material helps with growing healthy plants and shrubs.
Once all danger of frost has passed, it is safe to plant summer flowering bulbs, sweet peas, perennials and shrubs. Depending on where you live, you may be able to plant hardened off annuals. Don’t be too eager to plant annuals as you will end up replacing them if the weather turns cold again.
Primulas and wintering pansies can be planted in early spring. Summer flowering bulbs should be planted on a staggered basis (every one or two weeks) so that blooming time is extended. Place plants in groups of five or more for a more pleasing visual effect. If perennials need to be divided, carefully lift and divide them with a sharp spade.
Best Planting Techniques
For the best plant combination, use bright colors in beds that are set back and seen from a distance. Whites and light colors look best in shaded areas. Use contrasting or similar colors in groups. Mixing plants with different textures gives a pleasing look and adds interest. Although it’s tempting to overplant, it is better to err on the side of caution and use fewer plants or you will find yourself transplanting several plants later on when the garden fills in.
For new plants, a bone meal should be mixed into the soil to stimulate root growth and to establish the plant sooner. To avoid burning the plant roots, make sure the bone meal is mixed in well.
Spring Lawn Tips
Aerate your lawn or have it done for you. Give it a good raking, ensuring any moss is removed. Add lime for better fertilizer absorption. Springtime is the best time to add weed and feed as this is when weeds are actively growing. (Keep well away from flower gardens).
Garden Centre Shopping
Before going on that first exciting trip to the gardening center, make a list of what you need. It’s tempting to impulse buy when surrounded by tables of scented flowers, all beckoning to you. Before you know it, you’ll have a cart filled with plants and an empty wallet!