As the winter starts receding and the weather starts getting warm, then it is an excellent time for the gardener in you to arise. It is the best time of the year for you to plan and prepare your garden for spring. It is extremely essential to nurture your garden as it comes to life after the harsh winters. It is the best time to renovate your garden. Getting your garden ready for spring season and ensuring that they stay green and fresh you need to follow the few tips below to ensure there is greenery around.
Get rid of weeds
Getting rid of weeds is one of the most essential gardening jobs. It is very necessary to remove any weeds before they start growing back with full force. You can hand weed or cut any emerging weeds. Persistent weeds can be targeted by spraying herbicides especially when they are in the flowering stage.
Clear the flower beds and the garden area in general
Get rid of any garbage, dried leaves and debris from flower beds, ponds, and the garden area. You can even trim any extra dried leaves, and grasses to give your garden a clean look. If your soil is workable you can introduce compost or organic manure by digging around the garden borders. It is the ideal time to give your garden its dose of fertilizer.
Sow flowering plants
Flowering plants like Lilies, Daffodils, Pansy and Gladiolus can be easily planted for the spring. You can browse through a variety of flowering seeds that are ideal for the spring season.
Spring is the best time for growing garden vegetables. Some of the easy to grow vegetables during spring are lettuce, tomato, chilies, parsley, basil, cucumber and capsicum.
Clean your greenhouse
A greenhouse is a home for trays containing seeds and various cuttings. If you own a greenhouse, spring is the ideal time to get them cleaned thoroughly. Use a good garden disinfectant to clean the benches and floors. Get rid of any plant debris and garbage. Wash and disinfect all the trays, pots and even the glass interiors. This will prevent the spread of any diseases to plants. Keep the greenhouse properly ventilated for complete drying.
Get rid of garden pests
Summers are the best time to get rid of hibernating pests. Hunt for any larvae’s, bugs, snails and their colonies, which love hibernating during the winters. Some bugs can be found in the compost and are very capable of destroying the plant roots. Find and destroy these garden pests using herbal pesticides that will not damage your soil and plants.
All the indoor as well as garden plants in pots can be re-potted during this season. Some plants may have outgrown their pots and may need bigger pots; spring is the ideal time to change their pots. You can trim their roots and replant them in a bigger or new pot by adding new potting mixture. Any extra unused pots can be used to plant new plants.
Plants already bloomed or have any damages can be pruned for encouraging new growth. Make way for new growth by trimming perennials and grasses. Remove spent flowers for overall growth of the flowering plant.
Install water butts
You can install water butts for collecting rainwater. It is not only good for the environment, but also ideal for plant growth. Rainwater is perfect for watering plants. These water butts can be installed under a storm water drain for maximum collection of rainwater.
Create compost pits
Compost pits can be created if you do not own one in your garden. You can even purchase them from gardening stores or get them made. Compost bins are a good way of producing organic manure for your plants. Make sure you put only grass clippings, kitchen wastes, paper and wood. For the compost to be ready for use you need to wait for at least a month.
Spring is an ideal time to maintain all your garden equipments. Give all your tools a good wash and dry them thoroughly to prevent rusting and ensure they remain in good condition till the next spring.