Spring Gardening Checklist

03/29/2018

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Your garden is finally ready to be tended to! It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful spring weather while you prep your garden for the rest of the season. There are three key phases you should break your work into, and if this is your first time, you may be a little unsure of where to begin. Here’s a quick guide and checklist to help you find your way:

  • Early Spring: First, you’ll want to check for signs of growth before prepping the beds. You can remove winter mulch, but if it’s well composted you can also rework it into the top layer of soil. Next, you’ll need to prune. You’ll need to do this before buds begin to bloom or you’ll stress the tree and yield a tiny crop. After that, just divide the perennials and perform some basic maintenance before you start seeds indoors and plant some vegetables.

  • Mid-Spring: Start off by building some new flower beds. You’ll want to stop feeding the birds at this point and take down the clean feeders until fall. You can then continue to sow seeds outdoors or possibly even transplant seedlings. Then apply some more mulch. Tip: If you mulch now, you’ll have a lot less weeding to do come summertime.

  • Late Spring: Remove the spent blossoms from the spring-flowering bulbs, but let the foliage die back without removing it. It would then be a good idea to go shopping so that you can pick out flats of your favorite bedding plants. Just remember to pick ones that aren’t in bloom yet. Finish by pruning the spring-flowering shrubs. Trim away the spent blooms and overly-thick branches in order to help rejuvenate some of the older plants.