To ensure that your garden blooms and greens when spring comes you need to do a good garden clean-up. This will entail several duties that will make your plants grow better and thrive. If you have professional gardening services that take care of your garden, you don’t need to worry about it. If you would like to get your hands dirty and try it yourself, make use of these clean-up tips.
Prune trees and cut back woody plants – Some plants require the cut back of their stems to be able to grow again the next season. This will allow the new branches to grow from the old ones. It is best to trim these in spring to avoid winter damage. Tree branches also need good pruning so they can grow better. It is also important to prune to reduce the risk of falling branches.
Remove dead annual plants – Not all flowers and plants grow more than once. Some, like annuals, only grow one season and die. You need to clear these flowers to make room for planting new ones. If you had self-seeders planted, they would have done their job already. Perennials will also need to be trimmed for the new season.
Pro-active weeding action – To prevent weeds from spreading like wildfire, catch them before they have the chance. Early spring is a good time to start taking action against these persistent intruders. Avoid using weeds in your compost as they may very well spring up everywhere.
Check your soil health – If you are an avid gardener, you would have kept track of your soil situation and fertilized when needed. Check the condition before adding any more fertilizer. It is a good idea to fertilize if needed in the early spring to give your plans and flowers a growth spurt.
Edge your flowerbeds – The best way to keep your garden looking neat even if everything is dormant is to edge your flowerbeds. It gives structures and keeps the areas for plants intact. Edging is a simple activity that you can do when fertilizing.
Remove any other debris and old mulch or compost – Give your plants a new beginning by removing any debris and old mulch. It is time for some new topsoil, fertilizer, and mulch when the time is right. When you clear away all the mess, you will be able to see if there are any sick plants that need tending or removing. You will also give the soil and plants chance to breathe. Cut back and prune where needed and water the plants as needed.
Repair and maintain your gardening tools – Off-season is the best time to repair and maintain your gardening tools. It is also a good time to repair any of your garden features that may be cracked or broken. Get everything ready before the new bloom season starts.
Cleaning your garden can be therapeutic. It is not only a new beginning for your garden, but it also gives us a sense of new beginnings and new adventures.