Hello Beautiful Spring!
The one thing I think of when I hear the word Spring is gardening. Gardening has been a favorite pastime of young and old for centuries. There’s nothing quite like putting on your old handy gardening gloves and grabbing a handful of rich soil. Gardening can be such a relaxing and therapeutic part of your day with the sun on your skin and the perfume of flowers in the air. Gardening isn’t just for your viewing pleasure, changing and maintaining your garden can transform your entire property. Most projects and maintenance can be done yourself, saving you money. Want to “dig” into nature this Spring? Read these gardening/landscape tips and grab yourself a shovel!
Cleaning? Yes, you will need to clean out your garden at the beginning of the season! This is the time where I like to completely start over. Any rotting plants or leaves will need to be fully removed. This is the time you will need to do the first weeding session. Make sure to pull the weeds by the root. If you only put them up by their stems, they will grow back quickly. Any shrubs or thick stemmed plants that have survived the winter will need the dead stems and leaves cut away to allow room for new growth.
Restore your soil
Don’t you just love the smell of fresh soil? Winter brings a lot of dry air with it. This leaves once great soil, dry and dusty. Snow and cold can harden your soil. This is the time when you will add moisture to your soil via manure or compost. I find that rabbit manure is one of the most beneficial of its kind. Fertilizer can be added at this time to help your plants grow healthier and live longer. Miracle grow can also help your plants grow bigger and stronger in no time!
Red mulch is my favorite part of my home garden. Mulch is an inexpensive add in for your garden. It can give your garden a heftier look, but mulch isn’t just for visual appeal. Mulch also gives your plants protection against disease and helps to prevent weeds. Mulch will help to lock in moisture and give your plants a more consistent temperature. If the temperature unexpectedly drops below what is ideal, mulch can help to insulate your garden. You will want to keep the mulch an inch from the stem of your plants to prevent the roots rotting due to not receiving enough sunlight.
Perennials are plants that do not need to be replaced every year. For my busy spring schedule, these types of plants are the ones I have most of in my garden. They can survive most winter weather. Pansies and tulips are two examples of perennials. You may not have the time nor the budget to have many annuals in your garden as they must be replaced each year. However, perennials will last two to three years and can easily be maintained.
Many new gardeners have trouble deciding when the best time to plant annuals is. If you’re getting your annuals in small pot form from a garden center, you’ll want to be 100% sure the chance of frost is long past. One short frost will kill your new plants. You will need to check the frost dates via weather outlets. If you are using seeds, you will want to plant them 2 to 3 weeks since the last day of frost, being sure no more frost is in the future. Late May is a common rule amongst experienced gardeners.
Wooden rails or even concrete curbs create a beautiful barrier for your garden or island landscapes. They are easy to install and inexpensive. Small tables and chairs can add a space for you and a loved one to enjoy your oasis. Colorful glass bulbs can add a beautiful and unique touch to your garden. Bird houses and hummingbird feeders are a great way to invite your local feathered friends to enjoy your garden and in return, you get to see their beautiful colors and families.