It’s that time of year again when those of us who love the outdoors can’t wait to venture into our gardens. As the weather improves, it’s the perfect time to knock a few tasks off of your to-do list and enjoy that fresh spring air. Don’t forget that your garden is one of the first things a potential buyer (or your neighbors!) sees, so it’s a great place to add some curb appeal!
Make a Plan
Planning your garden is the most important step. Did you know that certain flowers and vegetables will thrive in specific areas of your yard? For your garden to have continuous bloom in the summer, mix perennial flowers with some annuals to keep your yard looking colorful for longer. It’s also a good idea to plant according to height to ensure that the taller plants aren’t hogging all the sunlight.
The fall and winter can expose your garden to harsher elements and leave a pile of broken branches, leaves, and other debris. It’s one of the least exciting aspects of gardening, but it’s necessary prep work to promote new growth. If you have trees or other brush, trim any broken or dead branches, and prune the tree to shape it – a haircut for your yard, if you will!
Prep Your Garden Tools
Doesn’t pulling out your garden tools feel like the real sign that Spring is here? It’s finally time to dig them out (pun intended) from storage! Here’s a little life hack: Rinse the wooden handles in soap and water, and then use mineral spirits to keep the wood from splintering.
Give Your Soil Some TLC
The garden’s looking ready to go, but let’s not forget about prepping the soil! Soil can lose its moisture and harden, so take the time to break down the clumps of soil by turning and raking it. Adding compost or manure to the soil a few weeks before planting is a great way to ensure it’s nutrient rich and ready for seeding!