After months of sub-freezing temperatures, icy roads and gloomy gray skies, we are finally beginning to see the first signs of spring sprouting up in the garden.
Keep an eye on the weather report and after the chance of frost has passed, plan a “Garden Day”! Commit a few hours to enjoy a warm morning playing in the dirt and preparing your beds for planting.
Here’s 5 Garden Day tips that will result on a bountiful garden bursting with dazzling blooms all spring and summer long!
1. Clean Out the Garden
Four or five months of dropped leaves, dying plants and other debris have probably left your garden beds in less than optimal shape. Grab your rake and clear away the decomposing autumn remains and pull any sprouting weeds out by the root.
2. Freshen and Amend the Soil
Your garden bed are probably dried out and soil packed after a long arduous winter. Now is a good time to turn over the soil and add nutrients like compost or manure.
3. Prune Shrubs and Plants
In mid April or early May (or after chance of frost) give your summer blooming plants and shrubs a trim so they are healthier.
A few inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It is also is helpful in maintaining soil moisture and temperature.
Now that you have invested time and hard work into garden prep, reward yourself with a trip to the plant nursery. Consider purchasing perennials that come back year after year rather than annuals that will only last a single season.
Some low maintenance and hardy perennial plant recommendations are:
- Black Eyed Susans
- Lilac Shrubs
- Bee Balm