Prepare Your Garden for Spring
Preparation for spring; what to do now in the garden and in the countryside
There is nothing more beautiful than the beginning of spring to motivate us to go to the garden. But savvy gardeners and weekend warriors have been busy for weeks. This period after winter and before the date of conception for frost-free weather is one of the best preparation periods of the year for any garden or landscape.
Around my house, I take care of a number of simple but important projects that make a noticeable difference for the rest of the Season and beyond. The following projects are just some of the tasks that keep me active and out during these spring weekends.
Pruning branches: you may not notice it, but in general, the most beautiful trees receive a lot of attention during the months of rest. The reason why the end of winter until the beginning of spring is such a good time for annual pruning is that you can always see clearly in the treetops — before it comes off and access becomes much more difficult. Annual vigilance to prevent the canopy from filling up, removing dead, ailmentd or intersecting branches and thinning competing branches or growing inwards can make a big difference to a tree’s overall health and overall appearance.
You may have to hire a certified arborist, but for my money it’s worth it. I love my Trees, and the largest Specimens are irreplaceable. It’s better to invest some money now to keep your specimen trees healthy and looking good. For smaller trees, most owners who use bar scissors and branch saws as well as a decent ladder can easily cope with this task.
Preparing garden beds: I never miss an opportunity to prepare beds between the seasons of my upcoming cool season crops and my warm season classics are going in. The now empty beds are a breeze, without the risk or challenge of working and potentially damaging the plants that are still in the ground.
It is so important to work now to improve the soil. Most of the nutrients that have been in the soil since the last change have probably disappeared now that they have been absorbed or decomposed or eliminated by previous plants. Even the best soil, rich in organic matter, must constantly receive new inputs a few times a year to replenish what has been removed or diminished. In a closed environment, such as a raised bed, these nutrients are not only manifested. You have to hand them over. Fortunately, it’s easy to work with a one- or two-inch layer of compost embedded in the top 6 inches. Crushed and rotten leaves or composted wood chips also work well.
I also insist on the promotion of a slow-release organic form of nitrogen such as Milorganite. Another granular source of nitrogen is blood meal. I like the grainy shape because it stays in the ground and does not lick, so it works all season. Organic additives are great for continuing to build my soil and improve the structure, while nitrogen is essential for new and developing plants. Plus, non-burning nitrogen sources like the ones mentioned above mean I don’t have to worry about harming my delicate new plants (as is often the matter with synthetic options).
Fertilize trees and shrubs: Just as my new bed plants with nutrient-rich soil need to get off to a good start, the established trees and shrubs also benefit from a top dressing with organic nutrients. While I’m in fertilizer mode, I go around and apply a generous amount of organic fertilizer to the root zones. The demands will be high when new growth is imminent. If you use the beginning of spring to put nutrients back into the soil in time for the stresses of the new Season and the hot summer, this will be beneficial for the durability and vitality of your plants, trees and the whole landscape.
Weeding now for less work after: as an organic gardener, most of my weeding is done by hand. Over the years, I have realized that the sooner I will catch weeds at the beginning of the Season, the less trouble you will have after on in the set. Starting in early spring and pulling what you see when you Meet them, the amount of weeds that are Lucky enough to sow and become too much By the summer decreases. I have a weed knife in my Holster that is usually by my side when I work in the yard. Having the right tool at hand greatly helps to make your time in the garden and in the landscape more relaxed and one less thing that you will have to return to after.