Spring was late in coming to much of the U.S., but now that it’s here, there’s likely very little time to get all of your spring garden projects done before summer starts in earnest. Here are five things that you can do now to be ready:
1. Clear drainage areas and ditches.
Over the winter, drainage areas become clogged with leaves and other debris; this material should be cleared from the drainage areas and ditches on your land and added to your compost.
2. Make repairs to raised flower and garden beds.
Depending on the materials used to build your raised garden beds, you may have wood rot issues. Now is the time to replace rotted or sagging boards. To make your raised bed sturdier, and to make it easier to create new raised beds, use our quick corners. This is also a good time to inspect trellises before vines begin growing back.
3. Reap the benefits of your composting efforts.
Use your compost to add mulch to gardens, flower beds and around trees (being sure to keep a few inches away from the trunk). Not only will mulch give new growth a boost of nutrients, but it can also help prevent weeds.
4. And speaking of weeds…
Early spring is a great time to rid your garden of weeds, as their roots are fairly shallow and they’ll be easy to pull. As you work, assess the soil and look for signs of grubs or other infestations that you can tackle now.
5. Prep your lawn.
Many landowners are moving away from ornamental lawns, replacing the space with gardens or drought-resistant plants. If you do have a lawn, however, now is the time to rake. Remove all of the leaves, branches and other debris from the surface of the lawn, and loosen the top layer of soil for better aeration. Identify bare patches that need re-soiled.
Spring has sprung. What’s on your list of to-dos this week?
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