I know it's not quite Spring yet, but it'll be here before you know it, so I thought I'd share some ideas to help you get ready.
1. Spring is a great time to find out the Ph of your soil. You can get a Ph testing kit from your local garden center. If you know your Ph, it'll make it easier to know which plants to choose for your soil, or what additives you might need to grow the plants you desire.
2. If you haven't already done so, remove the dead growth of perennials and grasses. I usually do this in the fall, but there are several gardeners who prefer to wait until the spring.
3. Apply a general fertilizer to prepare the soil for the planting you'll be doing.
4. Get rid of any weeds that might be starting to grow. I know where I live, it's been a really mild winter, so I was out there weeding in January!
5. Spring is a good time to mulch. The soil is usually moist, so mulch will help trap that moisture and make it nice for your plants. Be generous with your mulch. I'd say 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep is good.
6. If you didn't divide clumps of perennials in the fall, do it in the spring.
7. Lastly, edge your garden borders. Make sure grass isn't growing into it, and if you're using stone borders, make sure they look neat and tidy.