It’s almost March, and just about everyone I know is counting down the days until Spring arrives. Here in central Indiana, we’ve been having some warm, sunny days, and that’s got me thinking about what I can do now to start getting my lawn, garden, and deck ready for the coming warm weather months. That’s why today I’m sharing 4 things to do now to get your garden ready for Spring.
This article is the first in a series that will help you prepare, plant, and manage your garden this season. In future articles, I’ll share tips for creating a dog-friendly garden, as well as a cute garden stone DIY project. Be sure to stay tuned!
4 Things to Do Now to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring
1. Start the Clean-Up Process
Now is a great time to start clearing out your flower beds because those Spring bulbs and plants will start coming up soon. Rake out dead weeds, leaves, and old mulch. Clean up trees and bushes, too, by pruning off any dead growth and shaping them for the coming season.
2. Work the Dirt
It’s important to make sure your garden’s soil is ready for spring planting. Turn the soil over with a garden hoe, and then rake out any dead weeds. Apply compost or manure, which will add nutrients to the soil. Be sure to do this at least one week before planting anything in the space.
3. Know Your Zone
Do you know which “plant hardiness zone” you live in? Knowing your zone will help you to know which plants are most likely to thrive in your particular location at a particular time. This is great information to have when planning your garden not just for Spring but for the entire warm weather season.
4. Get Your Tools Ready
Do any inventory of your gardening tools to make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need when planting time comes. Clean your existing tools with soap and water, and visit your favorite lawn and garden shop to replace any tools that are broken. If you’re planning to do some container gardening, make sure you’ve got plenty of decorative pots.
These four tasks will help you start to get your garden ready for planting, which is just a few short weeks away. What are you doing to get your garden ready for Spring? Tell me about it in a comment below or better yet, stop by my Facebook page and join in the conversation there!