Spring is here and it’s high time to clean your garden and order and buy everything you’ll need this season. Here are some points to put your garden in order.
- Flower garden spring clean-up. Remove and compost any dead annual plants that remained over winter. Begin removing winter mulch and pruning perennials down to ground level if you didn’t do it in the fall.
- Woody perennial flowers & plants. Cut them back each spring, because they only bloom on new branches.
- Evergreen and semi-evergreen perennial plants. Spring is the time to trim back the tattered foliage and encourage new growth to come in.
- Ornamental grasses. Cut grasses to within a few inches of the ground.
- Spring is a good time to fertilize evergreens, because they are actively growing at this time.
- Weeding and composting. Early spring is the time to take action against weeds with some pro-active weeding. Most of what you clean up can go into your compost pile.
- Soil & fertilizer. If you have rich, healthy soil, all you should need to do in the spring is a bit of top dressing with compost, manure or a complete slow release organic fertilizer.
- Dividing & transplanting. Spring is the ideal time for dividing or transplanting. Try to do this as soon as possible after the plant emerges.
- Mulching and edging. Wait until the soil warms up and dries out a bit, before replenishing your mulch. A crisp edge makes a garden bed look polished.