Spring is usually when new flowers and bulbs come up from the slightly warmer ground, but if you want this to actually happen, you need to put in the work. If you do as much of the prep work as you can as soon as possible, you’ll be able to reap the benefits later.
The following advice and suggestions should make the process of getting your garden ready for spring more of a pleasure than a chore. Read on to find out more.
Order Your Bulbs In Advance
Now is the time to place your order for summer flowering bulbs and seeds – the perfect activity for a cold, windy day in the dead of winter. You can place an order for early spring planting of flowers like lilies, gladioli, and ranunculus in the winter.
Although you might not be able to plant these bulbs for a while yet, having them ready for when the earth is softer, and the weather is warmer is a great idea as you’re sure not to miss the optimum planting time.
Start Collecting Rainwater
It may seem too early to think about watering your yard, but summers are, at best, unpredictable. One year, it might rain a lot and wash away your seeds before they can grow. In another year, they might grow well for a month or two until it stops raining and the hot sun is out every day.
Winter is a little easier to predict, and you can be fairly certain that you’ll have plenty of rain. Because of this, it’s wise to start collecting rainwater now. In that way, you’re sure to have enough to keep your plants healthy in even the driest of summers.
Garden cleanup may seem like a never-ending task, but if you stay on top of it, it won’t take long at all.
As part of your “pre-spring cleaning,” remember to pick up any dead leaves or stalks that may have blown to the ground from your garden. These should be removed because they provide a breeding ground for germs that can spread disease to your plants. That’s a terrible way to kick off the growing season. This is why it’s also a good idea to hire a tree trimming company to keep any larger trees in check.
If you have a deck or patio, you might also clean that up as part of your overall cleanup. Simply sweeping everything up and giving the area a good soaking with water should do the work, but if you must use cleaning solutions, take precautions to save your vegetation.
Clean Your Greenhouse
Now is a great time to clean your greenhouse so it’s ready for the seedlings and cuttings that will come in the spring. Use a disinfectant or dish soap to wash the outside of your greenhouse to get rid of algae, moss, and other dirt. This will let in more light during the growing season and get rid of places where pests and diseases could hide. Make sure to clean the inside of the glass as well. Pests and diseases that can survive the winter can hide in the smallest spaces.
Clean the floor and benches by sweeping up any plant debris and washing them with a hot solution of garden disinfectant. Over the next few days, give your greenhouse a lot of airflow so it can dry out completely.