Once the threat of frost has officially passed and the warmer weather finally arrives, it’s the perfect time to get ready for some spring gardening. Here are some tips on how to get your lawn and garden ready for spring so it can be flourishing by summer.
Clean Excess Debris
You’ll want to begin by cleaning away all the left-over debris from the winter months. You can commonly find branches, rocks and some bits of garbage thrown about your yard. Once you remove the debris you can rake your lawn to remove any dead organic matter. This also helps to loosen the soil as you tidy up and get your garden ready for planting.
Repair Any Winter Damage
Once the debris has been removed, you’ll need to assess your lawn for any signs of winter damage. Check for dead patches, and areas with tightly compacted soil. If you’re lucky enough to only have minimal damage, you can do some simple spot repairs as needed. But if the damage is extensive you may need to remove the area and put down new sod or plant new grass.
Plant Hardy Vegetables and Flowers
Spring temperatures can easily fluctuate. Planting hardier vegetables and herbs first can help ensure they last the season and make it into summer. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, radish and kale are the hardiest and will be perfect for your first plant. Next, once the weather remains above freezing, you can plant other vegetables such as beets, carrots, lettuce and potatoes.
For flowers, you should start spreading out your perennials to lower the risk of pests and fungal disease. You can also plant dahlias and canna lily bulbs that will blossom for the following year. Keep in mind that your local garden centre may have many varietals already ready for purchase, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are ready for planting. Make sure to do your research first and keep your eye on the weather.
Core Aerate and Rake Your Lawn
Spring is a great time to start core aerating your lawn that will help make your grass lush and green. To core aerate you need to create small holes in the soil that allow for the grass roots to have better access to the air, water, and topsoil nutrients. Also, give your lawn another good rake if you notice that the thatch layer is too thick. A thick thatch can stop the grass from growing lush and healthy.
Knowing how to care for your lawn and garden come the first signs of spring can ensure that you have a stunning lawn and bountiful garden come summer. Use these tips to get a head start on the planting process. If you’re not sure exactly how to take care of a particularly problem on your lawn, contact your local landscaping company for a consultation.