Every season brings a different set of chores in the garden. Spring is one of excitement and importance. It's the time for gardeners to prepare for the bounty and beauty of the garden as it awakes from winter hibernation.This can also, however, be a bit overwhelming. Here is a helpful list of chores that should be tended to in the spring.
Early blooming shrubs such as forsythia and viburnum, need to be pruned as soon as blooms have passed. Early spring is also an ideal time to prune your roses.
Remove spent flowers from bulbs but leave the rest of the plant as is for the time being.
Pull the weeds from your flower beds and borders before they have a chance to take hold and spread.
Tend to your compost if it has been neglected over the winter. If you do not have a compost bin, spring is a great time to start one. *(Look for my easy home composting tip blog for easy tips on composting, coming next week)*
Spring is a good time to prepare gardening equipment for the coming garden season and to make any necessary repairs or new purchases. This helps ensure your are prepared when summer sets in.
It's a great time to add plants to your garden. Just be sure that the threat of frost is gone. Plant your new trees, shrubs, hardy annuals, and summer blooming bulbs.
Fertilize & Mulch
Fertilize and mulch your flower beds and borders. Spring is also a great opportunity to fertilize fruit trees. If you applied any heavy winter mulch for protection from the cold you will need to clear it away to allow healthy new growth.
Stake any plants that could be prone to wind damage during the rough and unpredictable spring weather fluctuations.
Spring is definitely the best time to start new lawn from seed, in patches or an entire lawn area. With established lawns, you should start mowing in the spring, but don’t cut the grass short for the first few times, let it grow to establish a nice healthy full lawn.
Of course, whether you start these chores in early, mid, or late spring depends on how early the warmer temperatures become stable, taking in to account such factors as when the threat of frost has past or when the ground is thawed enough to dig. I hope these tips will give you a good idea as to where to focus your attention in your garden this spring.