Spring Is Almost Here. Is Your Garden Ready?

With spring right around the corner (March 20th, FYI), there’s no better time than now to prepare your garden for the seasonal change. The transition from cold to warm temperatures offers the perfect environment for plants to blossom out of their dormant state, and performing a little maintenance on your garden will help them achieve this goal.

Get Out The Lawnmower

One of the great things about winter is the simple fact that you don’t have to cut the lawn. When springs rolls around, however, you’ll likely find yourself pushing the lawnmower at least once a week, so be prepared to do some serious yard work.

While mowing the lawn is an important step towards improving your home’s curb appeal, it also deters weeds, dandelions and other unwanted plants from growing in or around your garden.

Tip: edge around your flowerbeds, driveway and sidewalk to create a barrier of protection against unwanted plant growth.

Avoid Overwatering Your Plants

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make around spring time is overwatering their plants. I know you’re probably eager to get outside and work in the garden after the long winter season, but you have to use caution when watering. Depending on where you live, the ground may still be moist from winter, and watering your plants could do more harm than good.

So, how do you know whether or not to water your plants? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question, as every situation is different. With that said, you can typically identify a hydrated plant by looking for tall-tale signs like withered leaves, dead or dying shoots. If you see any of your plants exhibiting these symptoms, pour a small amount of water around their base.

Know Your Zone

The golden rule of outdoor gardening is to choose plants that are acceptable for your zone. There are a total of 11 different zones in the U.S., each of which has a temperature difference of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Check out the website http://www.garden.org/zipzone/ to identify your zone.

Other Spring Time Gardening Tips
•Aerate your soil by digging up the top layer and mixing it with fertilizer.
•Beware: when plants begin to bloom, pests will come out. Use this time to perform some pest control/preventive work in your garden.
•Test the pH level of your soil to ensure it’s suitable for healthy plant growth.
•Consider starting a compost pile for free organic fertilizer.