3. Prune old plants
Old shrubs and trees need pruning at this time of the year — especially those that grow new wood. Prune the old wood in the late winter or early spring so that you can see the branch structure well.
In addition, you can shape the plants before those buds will break dormancy and begin putting their energy into their branches.
A few of the plants that can use a little pruning include:
● Flowering Dogwood
● Crepe Myrtle
● Butterfly Bush
● Summer-blooming Spirea
So, gear up and gather your tools from your garden shed. A few pruning tools you might need include a pruning saw, hand shears, long-reach pruner and topiary shears.
Pro Tip: Sterilize your pruners before going snip-happy for each cut; this will help prevent spreading plant diseases in the garden.
4. Prepare New Beds
In addition to these preparation tips, start setting up new planters and garden sheds in late winter or early spring.
However, do not be tempted to order more plants than the space available in your garden. Build garden beds and order new pots for just enough space for new plants.
You might also want to start tidying up the flower borders and beds. Devote time to remove debris and dead leaves from flowerbeds and borders. Additionally, you can cut back the dead growth of herbaceous perennials and grasses.
More so, you can prepare the new flowerbed and borders by clearing them out to bare soil. If you have a compost bin or pile, put the organic matter you have cleared away for it to break down and to be used as fertilizer for the soil.
Remove any weeds and put them into a brown bin or burn them. Do not compost them because they will germinate later and cause more problems.
Is the soil workable? Dig a 5-centimeter layer of organic matter, including recycled green waste, compost or well-rooted manure into garden borders.
5. Apply fertilizer
Before or early spring, apply fertilizer into the soil to enrich it with nutrients. For the best results, apply pre-emergent to prevent the growth of crabgrass. After eight weeks, apply them again in addition to a weed killer.
6. Add Mulch
Wherever you can, apply mulch in your garden to keep weeds from establishing themselves. After all, you might still have been waiting for seeds to germinate and not wanting to bury them in mulch. This problem is avoidable if you’ve already grown seedlings indoors.
● Don’t wait long before mulching, or weeds will start beating you!
● Use mulch with compost for healthier soil.
There you have it — tips to prepare your garden for spring!