Spring Gardening Basics
- Prep the beds. Remove winter mulch or, if well composted, work into the top layer of the soil. Work in some leaf mold or well-rotted manure, too.
- Prune. Now is the time to trim fruit trees if you didn't prune in winter. Prune before buds begin to break into bloom or you'll stress the tree and get a tiny crop (or possibly none).
- Perform basic maintenance. Check stonework for frost heaves. Check and clean the deck now so you don't have to do it later; make any repairs.
- Build new flower beds. This year, install complementary shrubs offering blooms throughout the season.
If you mulch now, you'll have next-to-no weeding come summer.
Learn more about the different varieties of mulch.
- Deadhead bulbs. Remove spent blossoms from spring-flowering bulbs; let foliage die back without removing it.
- Go shopping. Pick out flats of your favorite bedding plants; remember to pick ones not yet in bloom for stronger plants.
For more Gardening tips, see our Backyards/Gardens board on Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/backyards-gardens/