Get Your Garden
Ready for Spring
Maybe you have a new flower bed you’re
planning, or you’re renovating an older one.
Maybe it’s your raised garden bed. It doesn’t
matter what kind of garden you have, you’ll
want to start getting ready for the new
Here are some basic steps you can take:
- Rake matted leaves, and pull up old, dead or dying flowers and plants. Leaves that have blown under and around trees, shrubs and perennials can be left in place and mulched over, assuming they’re in modest quantities. When you have lots of leaves and dead organics to collect, put them in the compost pile or dig them back into the soil.
- Dig up and turn the soil. Do this to a depth of 3 to 4 inches to thoroughly aerate the soil. When you have a larger garden area you can use a tiller. For small areas you can use a spade and garden fork. Remove rocks, roots and sticks.
- Add a fresh layer of mulch to your garden bed. Add organic mulch to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Keep mulch at least 3 to 4 inches away from the bottom of existing plants.
- Edge your flower beds. You can use a long-handled hand edging tool or a power edger. Spring is a good time to edge along all garden beds. Edges create a “lip” to contain mulch that can be applied once the soil warms consistently for the season.
A new growing season is getting underway.
Are you ready?