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A Guide to Spring Gardening

There are so many different options that you have when it comes to spring gardening, and so it is easy to see why spring is gardener enthusiasts’ favorite time of the year. If you are interested in getting into spring gardening but are not sure where to start, then there are a few basic spring gardening tips that you are going to want to take into consideration here.

Getting Started

The first step is to start with a cleanup of the lawn from winter. You want to wait until the grass is no longer sopping wet and your planting beds are no longer a sea of mud, so that it will not be too difficult. Rake your lawn to get rid of the dead leaves, and let light and air get to the ground underneath, encouraging soil and grass to grow.

You are going to want to re-seed all the damaged patches of lawn, scratching up the soil with a rake first and then you want to mix a shovel of soil with a couple scoops of grass seed and spread this in the areas that you are fixing. Removing any tree guards and burlap winter protection from young trees and shrubs is also important, and you also want to transplant any existing shrubs that you want to move before they begin to leaf out.

Remember

There are certain things that you want to remember when it comes to your spring gardening, such as that you never want to be in a rush to remove winter mulch or to cut back your evergreen plants, such as lavender, until the temperatures are warm enough, because otherwise they could be destroyed.

You also want to resist the urge to start digging in your flower beds too early, because this can result in damaging the structure of the soil. You want to take note of the soil’s structure when you pick it up – if you pick up a handful of soil it should fall apart and not stick together, and then when it is noticeably dry enough this is when you are able to start digging beds and adding in compost or manure in preparation for planting.

Doing as much research on spring gardening and learning as much as you can is really going to be beneficial to your results overall, as the more you know and the more knowledgeable you are, the better results you will obviously be able to produce. Just remember to always have fun while you are gardening, and although you should take it seriously, you should always make sure to enjoy yourself.


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