Thursday, March 18, 2021

Spring Gardening Tips

 



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.

13 comments:

  1. I'll just say howdy. After our ice-mageddon in TX, we are waiting to chop anything. We're seeing some green down deep in our jasmine and hoping stuff comes back. A few shrubs look a-goner.
    It's going to be a while before we look fresh and pretty again. That's why I'm going to the Dallas Arboretum this weekend - as a member, I hope they have spring delights like tulips. We'll see. Hope you are well and slowly getting back into the world - cheers on your music, books, et al!

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  2. Well, I do the edging right. Guess I need to do more to prepare our soil.

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    1. If you're not a gardener, preparing the soil is probably something you wouldn't do.

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  3. Hi Sherry - there's always jobs to do .. whatever time of year - thanks for the tip. Stay safe - Hilary

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    1. Yardwork never seems to be done once winter is over.

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  4. Mulching! I will get out there tomorrow and do that.

    I keep weeds from growing by spreading pine needles over the garden in the winter.

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  5. We hope to be down-sizing very soon as we are empty-nesters so probably not much to do in the garden. I'm disappointed to see how many smaller properties have fully paved back gardens. :-(
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    1. Paved back yards? That's not fun. Maybe you can have container gardens.

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  6. Very interested article, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend my friend! 🤗🤗🤗

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