Spring season is the most happy and cheerful time of the year. The sight of budding flowers and blossoming trees is enough to brighten up even the dullest of days. The monotone shades of winter go away and the world becomes so colorful and cheery. At the same time, it is an exciting period for the gardening lovers. They get so busy in preparing the soil, planting the buds and taking care of the plants. In this article, we have provided a number of tips on spring gardening, right from the soil preparation stage to the plant care stage.
Plants Grown in Spring
The following plants will be best for adoring your garden in the beautiful and jovial season of spring.
- Bearded Irises
Spring Gardening Tips
For the Yard
- First of all, start cleaning up your winter lawn. The time of the cleanup should be scheduled to the period when the grass is not longer wet and dewy. Get rid of the dead growth, stray leaves, twigs and winter rubble in the lawn, by raking it properly. This will help the soil get some fresh air and sunlight.
- The bare or spoiled patches in the lawn should be seeded again. For the purpose, start by scratching the soil with the help of a rake. Thereafter, you can spread a shovel of soil, mixed with some grass seeds, on the bare patch. Rake the soil again, to level it and then make sure to provide enough water to the soil.
- Focus your attention on any young trees or shrubs and remove tree guards from them. Since they obstruct the movement of air around the base of the trunk, you need to make sure that the guards do not remain in the summer season too.
- If you want to move out any existing shrubs from the yard, make sure that they is transplanted before they start leafing out.
- Fruit trees, magnolias, crabapples and shrubs should be sprayed with dormant oil spray. This will help in controlling scale insects and other winter pests. The spray should be used when the buds start swelling, but before the leaves start opening. The temperature should be between 4 deg C and 21 deg C (40 deg F and 70 deg F).
For the Flower Garden
- Remove winter mulch only after the weather has become reliably warm. The same also applies in case of cutting back evergreen plants, such as lavender.
- The perennials that have been heaved out of the ground by frost should be replanted as soon as possible.
- The dead plants of the winter should be cut and the old perennials should be cleaned of any foliage.
- Make sure to cut the ornamental grasses.
- If you have mounded the earth around the roses, as a protective measure, it is the time to remove it.
- Concentrate on pruning the rose bushes before they begin leafing out.
- The flower beds should not be dig too early. Pick up a handful of soil. If it falls apart and is dry enough, you can start digging. You can also start the process of adding compost or manure.
- Make sure to take out the weeds as soon as you see them. If you leave them now, you will have too much weeding work at your hand later on.
- In an early spring garden, grass grows very vigorously. So, put a sharp trench between the flower beds to edge them and to keep the grass within limits. Repeat the procedure a number of times in the season. If you want to avoid the repetition work, go for permanent edging.