Getting the Garden Ready for Spring

At the first signs of spring, we know you’re just as excited as we are to get back into the garden! Once the snow has melted, March is a perfect time to get your garden ready for the growing season. No matter the size of your yard, here are some helpful gardening tips to get you started.
Get your garden ready for spring:
CLEAN UP
  • Once the ground has had a chance to dry, gently rake the lawn to remove thatch and any remaining dead leaves.
  • Clear mulch from perennials and press soil back in place that was heaved by frost.
  • Remove burlap and protective coverings, but keep at the ready for quick changes in weather.
  • Collect fallen branches, twigs and other debris from your yard and gardens. Be careful not to disturb new growth when in the garden.
CHECK FOR REPAIRS
  • Walk around your yard and take note of needed repairs, i.e. stones that need levelling, cracked pots, leaking rain barrels, woodwork is in good shape, etc.
PRUNE
  • Cut back dead stems off perennials and prune fruit trees, being careful not to prune any spring-blooming shrubs.
  • Summer flowering shrubs should be pruned in early spring before growth begins, then pruned again to remove spent flowers. These include roses, pink spireas, Potentilla, butterfly bush, Blue Mist shrub and hydrangea.
  • For more information about pruning CLICK HERE
PREPARE SOIL
  • Work in a top layer of fresh compost into your gardens to help prepare beds for annuals, new perennials and edibles you want to plant.
TAKE INVENTORY
  • Organize your gardening supplies, take note of what you have and make a list of what you need to buy.
  • Sharpen or repair tools, such as pruners and lawnmower blades.
Taking time to do these tasks now with help ensure the success of your garden this growing season.
– Happy Gardening!