Every season brings a different set of chores in the garden. Spring
is an exciting time for gardeners as preparations are made for the bounty
and beauty of the garden as it awakes from winter hibernation. It can
also, however, be a bit overwhelming to know how to prioritize your
gardening time at this time of year. Here is a helpful list of chores
that should be tended to in the spring.
For early blooming shrubs such as forsythia and viburnum, prune them
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 weeds from your 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.
Spring is a good time to prepare your tools for the oncoming gardening
season and to make any necessary repairs or new purchases. You will
be happy you have done so when summer sets in.
Spring is a great time to add new plants to your garden. Be sure, however,
that all threat of frost has past. Plant such things trees, shrubs,
hardy annuals, and summer blooming bulbs.
Fertilize & Mulch
Fertilize and mulch beds and borders. Spring is also a good time to
fertilize fruit trees. If you applied heavy winter mulch for protection
from the cold, you will need to clear it away.
Stake plants that may be prone to wind damage during the unpredictable
Spring is the best time to start a new lawn from seed. For established
lawns, you should start mowing in the spring, but dont initially
cut the grass very short for the first few times.
Of course, whether you start these chores in early, mid, or late spring
depends on the climate where you live, 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. Enjoy!