Oh! it’s that time of the year again when finally your snow clad yard is brimming with sun shine as the winter is slowly melting away and the birds are chirping away happily. Yes! Your garden is finally getting ready to embrace the beauty of spring in its full bloom as the wait is finally over. So, before you know spring is long gone and it’s already summer, take the hint from nature and prep up your garden so that it can be the joyous display of a colorful panorama like every year.
Though spring is a lot about nature and its beautiful ways, it sure brings a lot of work for your hobby gardening. It is time to pull out the tools from the shed and get to work and bring those little buds and flowers to life. Though you have been doing this every spring and there is no need to revise, but it is still a good idea to return to the basics.
Do the things that are absolute petty yet absolutly necessary for your garden after the long winter is gone. As these are the things which will keep your garden fresh all summer when the heat is nothing but, scathing.
By the time, the season reaches its peak, here are few things you can do,
1. Clean the garden
Yes! It is absolute necessary after the long winter is gone and you have not possibly got the time to remove the snow heap and clean the garden, (I mean that would have been insane!). So, as spring will slowly creeping in, it is best for you to get those gloves on and start cleaning the mess which winter has left in its wake. This is the best way you can be rest assured that your yard is ready, for the season.
Do not just clean out the debris (leftover snow, leaves etc) but, get rid of the weeds as well. These stubborn fellow (yes, I am talking about the weeds) is every gardener’s night mare. So, while cleaning make sure, the weeds are uprooted and their little chance of coming back is all gone. This is also a good time to sharpen the garden tools. After all, you will need them a lot for soil care and plant maintenance.
2. Soil Revitalizing, Absolute Necessary
After the long and dry winter, the soil of your garden also gets dried out and packed without any scope for moisture to infiltrate.So, it’s just the thing your soil needs, moisture. Compost and manure works wonder for your soil as they are known to be natural moisturizers. Test the soil to check its nutrients deficiency and add it accordingly. The right mixture of compost and fertilizers will ensure the soil gets the best of both the world. After all, healthy soil means healthy plants.
3. Prune The Trees And Shrubs
Some plants in your garden might have survived the harsh winter (they are strong than you think). However, that is not all. They might need the same care to spring them back to life like any one after suffering from a disease.
The magic word, you are looking for is pruning. Trimming and pruning the old trees and shrubs will help them grow anew during the spring season. In case, of any unexpected freeze, you can wait till mid-April to May for, it will thaw. Blooming shrubs and plants should be pruned just after they bloom. This will ensure that no flowers are trimmed off during the process. Early spring is the best time to prune summer plants.
4. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Adding enough and much needed nutrients in the soil will help the plants to grow in full bloom during the summer. Adding compost and fertilizer might not be enough. Adding mulch to the garden soil and flower beds will do the job. One to three inches deep mulch keeps, the soil well stacked and also keeps weeds at bay.
It brings back the necessary moisture to the soil and maintains optimal temperature for plant growth. The thumb rule is that, Keep the mulch few inches away from plant stems to prevent the roots from rotting.
5. Make space for new shrubs and flowers
Once the garden is back in shape, it is time to add some new plant species to the garden family. Some recommendations for spring seasons are,
You can also add vegetative plants like,
• Peas, lettuce and arugula
• Transplant tomato plants from pots and into the garden.
Amidst all the planting and sowing, you must remember that, planting more perennials rather than annuals is good for the garden and less work for you. For annuals, you have to replace them every year. It is of no use to invest for a plant that will die out every year and requires new replacement. After all, a smart gardener is a great gardener.
Painter and a Cynophilist, Ipshita Maulik swears by yoga and started writing when she least expected it. From Kolkata, she is currently working as a Content Writer in a Digital Marketing Company. Here are few things she loves- eating at new places, hanging out with her friends and everything that are cruelty free.