Out with the old, in with the new – people often refer to spring affectionately as the season of new beginnings and for good reason too. It’s the time that many animals awake from hibernation, fresh plants bloom, and the earth comes to life once again after the winter chill. It also brings new inspiration to those with ‘green fingers’ as it’s the season when farmers and gardeners plant an array of seeds and revamp tired winter gardens. Therefore, if you’re looking for a new burst of life in your garden but don’t know where to start, consider these helpful tips below.
Take out the weeds
Weeds are an unpleasant addition to your garden; not only do they make it look unsightly, but they also compete with your plants for nutrients. Most often, they deprive your plants of getting adequate nutrition, leaving them looking frail and unhealthy. To prepare your garden, you need to uproot your weeds. Fortunately, winter leaves the ground soft, making it easy for you to do so. It’s also best to take them out quickly before they get deeply rooted or start bearing seeds. You can do that by digging out their roots instead of pulling their surface leaves out. It’s also necessary for you to invest in quality weeding tools, as you can’t effectively uproot the weeds with just your hands.
Divide your perennials
Perennials have the tendency to grow tightly and crowd each other, which reduces their growth rate. Therefore, it’s ideal for you to spread them out to give them breathing space. If you cultivate plants such as Shasta daisies or Hostas, spring is the best time to dig them out and divide them, but make sure you replant the separated parts immediately and water them regularly. Doing this will cause them to thrive without choking each other. However, it will be best if you don’t touch seasonal perennials about to or already in bloom, as they’re best divided in early fall or after bloom.
Fertilizing your garden gives your plants the needed nutrients to grow and also enriches your soil. Undertaking this task in spring is an excellent idea, as it’s the best season for new plants. If you want an eco-friendly approach to enriching your plants, you can create your compost from recyclable organic materials such as fruits, vegetables, decaying plant matter, and stale food. If you choose to use fertilizers, be sure to stick to the ones with minimal chemical compounds, as too many chemicals can have adverse effects on your plants.
Edge your garden
Another way to prepare your garden for spring is to edge it. Edging defines your garden by creating clean lines between your flowerbeds, pathways, and lawn areas – making it aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. It also helps prevent the soil from spilling onto your lawn or walkway whenever there’s a downpour. You can use cinder blocks or gabion walls to keep the soil in and add beauty to your garden. For larger lawns and gardens, steel lawn edging installation is a great way to achieve a neat and clean separation between your garden borders, flowerbeds, pathways, and driveways. Consider bringing in the professionals if you’re working with a sizeable space and want to incorporate creative garden designs.
Tidying up your garden for spring is essential in order to create a fun and usable space for the warmer months. There’s still so much more you can do to revive your green spaces, but using these tips will certainly help you cultivate a beautiful garden and leave your outdoor space looking and feeling greatly refreshed.