The days are growing longer, the temperature is rising, and flowers are beginning to bloom. That can only mean one thing: spring is almost here! The start of spring is a period of birth and growth. It’s also a period of garden work and general lawn care to prepare your garden after a long winter.
Seasoned gardeners know all the tricks and tips to get their garden in top shape ahead of the spring season. If you’re new to this, we’ve got you covered too. This post details some of the spring gardening maintenance tips and tricks you’ll need to get your garden ready for the warmer months ahead.
We’ll cover everything from soil preparation to planting tips, and lawn care so you can have a garden to be proud of.
Gather And Clean Your Spring Gardening Tools
Getting the necessary gardening tools together is one way to get your garden ready for spring. After all, you can’t start your spring gardening if your tools aren’t ready, can you? Repair, sharpen, or oil your gardening tools, such as hoes, trowels, and so forth.
Gardening equipment should be soaked in a solution of 10% bleach to 90% water for around 30 minutes to remove dirt that has accumulated over the winter and prevent the growth of harmful fungi.
To avoid unintentionally spreading fungal or bug eggs across the garden, it is extra important to begin the season with clean tools. During the rest of the spring gardening season, garden equipment that is properly maintained will be more effective and last longer in your garden.
Clear Out Debris
Winter’s debris and moist soil must have left your garden looking unkempt, with dead or half-dead vegetation. Soil preparation and garden grooming will provide the perfect foundation for your spring flowers.
Make sure to remove all the weeds and grass before planting new beds. For this, you can use a turf cutter or lawn mower. If you don’t have one, you can easily get it for hire from a tool hire company near you.
Getting the soil ready for spring planting is an important step to complete before you start planting. Soil aeration is one of the most important forms of soil preparation. It involves breaking up compacted soil by creating holes between the soil particles. You’ll need an aerator for this. If you don’t already have one, you can get a lawn aerator for hire or a rotavator for hire from your local equipment rental shop to start preparing your soil for planting.
You might need to test and alter the pH level or add compost depending on the type of soil you have. Composting enhances soil structure and offers a welcoming environment for your flowers, allowing them to bloom on time. A helpful gardening tip is to make sure the soil is dry before beginning soil preparation. When you can make a ball of soil in your hands, your soil is ready for spring gardening.
Trim Your Existing Plants
If you planted perennials or any other type of plants in your garden over the winter, you should take care of them before the spring season starts fully. This may involve trimming overgrown branches and stems to allow new growth, repotting plants, moving some plants to a protected part of your garden, and so on. Once the winter frosts have passed, inspect your existing garden plants to see their condition and identify what needs to be done to get them back in shape ahead of spring.
Select And Prepare Your Seeds
With your soil ready, you can now proceed to one of the most enjoyable phases of gardening: choosing and preparing your seeds.
A lovely garden will develop if you make sure your seeds are in the proper condition before you begin planting. Some seeds must be presoaked or nurtured indoors before being put into your outdoor garden. For the greatest results, be sure to follow the directions on the seed packets.
Get Rid of Pests
Taking your time to get rid of weeds and preparing your garden should help remove pests and prevent diseases from spreading in your garden. However, beyond the extra garden cleanliness, you may want to take more proactive steps to get rid of pests in your garden ahead of the planting season. Look out for bugs and flies and get rid of them. This may also mean reinforcing garden barriers and fences to keep pests out.
Do Some Garden Maintenance
Garden preparation for spring does not cease once the seeds are planted. Once your plants are in the ground, make a commitment to water them on a regular basis; your garden will require care to remain lovely throughout the spring.
This is especially critical in the first few weeks after your seeds are in the ground. When you’re done planting, sprinkle a fresh layer of mulch around all of your new plants to keep weeds and plant diseases at bay.
If you live in a region where late spring frosts and freezes are possible, be prepared to cover up plants with sensitive developing buds or foliage if cold temperatures are predicted. Tender plants should not be covered with plastic sheets or tarps. In an effort to properly maintain your garden and plants, avoid herbicides or pesticides that can damage your plant or soil in the long run
Be Patient and Watch Your Garden Grow
A vigilant eye on your garden and a visit every day or two will help you spot any plant deficits. Keep an eye out for signs of nutritional inadequacy. Completely remove diseased plants and weeds from your garden before they become a problem.
Pests are drawn to stressed plants, so keep them happy and healthy with plenty of sun, water, and nutrients. Avoid the impulse to over-fertilize because doing so might make pest problems worse. You might be tempted to do so because you want abundant vegetables or gorgeous blossoming flowers. Remember that gardening is all about trial and error- don’t be afraid to experiment. Who knows, you might stumble upon the next big spring gardening trend.
And there you have it; by following these simple tips, and getting the right tools to prepare your garden for spring, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful garden that you can enjoy all season long. For garden tools you don’t have in your home already, you can simply rent them from easyToolhire. Visit our website to see a list of gardening tools available for hire.
Spring is a great time to get your garden underway. Remember gardening is all about patience, consistent maintenance, and willingness to get your hands dirty. With a little bit of effort and lots of love, you will be rewarded with a beautiful garden. So grab your gardening gloves, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to watch your garden come to life this spring. Happy Gardening.
Here is a handy list of tool links to get you started on your garden maintenance.
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