Spring has officially arrived, so it’s about time to go out and get your garden in shape. Now is the perfect time to clean it up after a long winter and prepare it for the warmer months to make it look beautiful and give you the best possible crops.
Since a large list of tasks can be challenging to start, there are a few important outdoor jobs to perform in spring. To help you get everything done quickly, without being worried that you forgot about something, we want to share with you the most crucial tasks you have to perform in early, mid, and late spring.
Early Spring Tasks
Clean It Up
First things first. Before you plant anything, you have to make sure your garden is well prepared. Start with getting rid of old leaves, debris, leftover snow, or anything else lying around. At that point, you can also get rid of any weeds, so you don’t have to deal with them later. Before moving to the next tasks, take a good look at your whole garden to be certain you have cleaned everything properly.
You can have the perfect soil and weather conditions, but if uninvited weeds appear in your garden, your plants can die sooner than you expect. That’s why it is crucial to prevent them from growing to allow your garden to have the best crops. There are a few ways to deter them effectively. If you want to protect your garden, use the best weed killers, or if you don’t want to spend too much money, you can make DIY weed killers at home. Whatever you choose, do not hesitate and act quickly, because otherwise, it can be too late.
Fertilize Your Garden
After you get rid of all weeds and prepare your garden for the summer, it is time to give it some extra protection. To make sure weeds won’t appear and destroy the fruit of your labor, fertilize the soil. All you have to do is apply it, wait some time, and your weeds will be gone until the end of the season.
Mid Spring Tasks
Trim The Old Plants
Now after winter is gone, your plants require some pruning. Many of them will have horrible shapes, get rangy, or take up too much space later unless you take care of them now. If you want them to grow healthy with fewer diseases and have more light and space for breathing, this is a mandatory job to perform in early spring. You don’t need a lot of equipment to do that. To get the basic pruning, equip yourself with secateurs, however, make sure it is sharp enough to go through thick branches.
Test The Soil
You cannot expect plants to grow well if you do not provide them with the best soil conditions. The first thing you want to do when it comes to getting your soil ready is to test it. It will help you to determine its composition, nutrient content, and of course, its pH level. You can use a garden soil tester or DIY soil tests made from household items. If you don’t feel like doing it on your own, contact the local laboratory.
When your garden is prepared and your old plants are in shape, you can now start planting. However, before doing it, we recommend creating a proper plan in advance so you know what and when you will plant. It will allow you to maximize the space you are working with, as well as choose the perfect plants for your USDA Hardiness Zone. If you feel like you have less space than you need, consider cultivating a vertical garden. Keep in mind that some plants can be planted directly in the soil, while others in trays and stay for a while inside where the temperatures are higher.
Late Spring Tasks
Deadhead Bulb Flowers
When the spring is about to end and the summer is about to start, the first thing you should do is deadhead bulb flowers. It will allow bulb flowers to remain strong for the next seasons. If you really want your garden to be healthy, you cannot forget about doing it.
Prune Flowering Shrubs
If the spring was really warm and humid, after just a few months, your flowering shrubs can be really big and require some pruning. Late spring is a perfect time to perform this job. Remember that you have to use really sharp secateurs if you don’t want to damage the plant.
Fill The Borders
If you haven’t done it yet, it’s the last moment to fill your borders with the plants. Many people leave them empty, but it is a common mistake. Your garden will look so much better with borders filled with beautiful flowers and shrubs, increasing the appeal of the whole property.
To Wrap Up
If you want to have a beautiful garden with healthy crops, you have to start early. Keep in mind that the garden is not the only place you should clean after the winter. There are also other areas in your backyard that require proper preparation. However, once you finish everything, do not forget to relax and enjoy yourself in your yard!