Prepping Your Garden for Spring
As you look outside your window at this frigid winter weather, it can be hard to imagine that spring is actually just around the corner. In no time the snow will be gone and you will be staring at your garden which will undoubtedly require some tender, loving care. You don’t need to hire a landscape designer or get help from a home builder to get what you are looking for in your front yard this spring. Sure a home builder will have good advice on adding curb appeal and have resources on how to utilize the best space in garden but here are a few tips that you can use on your own.
To make life a little easier it is recommended that you make a short list of what you are expecting to plant this coming season. Knowing what you need and in what quantities will help insure you remain as efficient as possible and may even save you money if you are ordering in bulk for a specific item. When making your list be sure to include some summer-flowering bulbs and seeds, as they will accent your garden with some beautiful color.
Next, apply your spring cleaning mentality to your garden. Cleaning up your greenhouse, flower beds, and any gardening tools will help you get a stress-free head start on the season. Once the weather warms up a bit, you can head outside and fix up any fences, gates, or guards that you have placed around your planting areas. On top of that, removing any dead shrubs that you can will ensure you to have a fresh start when it is time to plant.
Now you need to trim down the deciduous plants to about two inches tall. These are the plants that die in the winter but will be springing back up in no time. An example that is not deciduous would be an evergreen tree. There is no need to trim grasses or shrubs like these because they will grow back very slowly and not look good for over a year.
Lastly, and not always the most fun, is tracking down those little critters that like to make a meal out of your garden. With the cold weather most of these little nuisances are in hibernation so you can catch them by surprise if you go ahead and get rid of them now. The first step is identifying what kind of pests you have; then consult with an expert in order to insure that you use the best method of getting rid of them.
If you are interested in planting fruits and vegetables you will want to have that planned out before you buy so you know if you have enough room to plant everything. Keep in mind how much space you need in between each plant and what size they will mature to.
If you take these precautionary steps now you won’t need a custom home builder and there is no need to hire a landscape designer to get the most out of your garden this spring. Your garden will be ready to go in no time.
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