Many avid gardeners are chomping at the bit to get planting after having been trapped inside for several months of winter cold. There are some preparatory steps that you should be ready to focus on prior to diving right into spring planting if you want the most successful and beautiful garden possible though.
Prior to even getting outside and getting your hands dirty you’ve got to ensure that you’ve got the tools and supplies you need to tackle each gardening task appropriately. If you’ve got damaged tools or if the winter weather has ruined integral parts of your irrigation system you’ll want to take a trip to the garden center prior to beginning the job of preparing your garden. Having the proper tools and supplies is integral to making your gardening tasks easier and more enjoyable.
Chances are that the bitter cold of the past few months has done a bit of damage to some of your favorite garden mainstays. Use your newly purchased or sharpened tools to cut dead and damaged branches from rose bushes and hydrangeas and clear all fallen limbs from trees and shrubs.
Once you’ve got your beds completely cleared out you can focus on enriching your soil. A 4-5 inch layer of compost worked into the soil will provide a healthy, nutrient rich environment for new flowers and plants to flourish.
Once you’ve got your beds prepared and soil enriched, it’s time to get planting. Perennials like primrose and hostas prefer the cooler temperatures and are perfect selections for early spring planting. Once plants are in place high quality organic mulch can be used to improve soil quality and to keep weeds at bay.