Spring is right around the corner, in fact less than 30 days. It is hard to imagine all this snow will be thawed by then! But with spring, it is time to get out of the house and admire the nature and soak in the warm rays of spring. If you are planning to have a spring garden, it is time to draw up the list of things you need and things you need to do
1. Clean the yard. The first task is to remove and compost any dead annual plants that remained over winter. These will not re-grow and any self-seeders have already done their job. If you had spread a layer of winter mulch to protect your plants, you’ll want to remove it when plants begin to grow and danger of extreme winter temperatures has passed. Also, spruce up your garden by clearing the yard of dead sticks and leaves.
2. Trim trees. Trimming or pruning fruit trees, such as apple, pear etc., makes the trees healthier as new growth develops. It also helps make an easier harvest later. If you have rose bushes, prune your roses just as or before new growth emerges from the stems. Cutting your roses stems encourages strong, healthy growth that will produce lots of buds.
3. Plant the correct plants. Spring’s cool and moist conditions is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs to your yard. These add value and beauty to your garden; they can shade your home, reducing your summer energy bills; and if you select fruit-bearing varieties, they supply food for your family. Plant annual flowers that can take a little frost. Plant them in beds and borders or containers and gain a few early weeks of color. Be sure to check the packages so that you can be sure the plants can withstand little frost or cold and plant them during the right months.
4. Start your seeds. Growing plants from seed is a great way to save money and nurture your garden. By starting the seedlings indoors, you can gain a few extra weeks. I usually keep it simple by sprinkling seeds in moist, loosened soil outdoors either in pots or containers along the patio. Early spring is also a great time to start spuds. Check the package for proper instructions on when to get them in the soil.
5. Mulch. Once you have cleared out the yard of dead plants and cleared the winter mulch, watch for when the soil has warmed up and dried out, spread a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch (such as shredded wood, pine needles, or compost) over the soil surface to discourage weeds in the planting beds and to hold moisture for the hot summer days.