Spring cleaning. The first thing that usually comes to mind is a real good dusting and window washing. Likewise, our yards, garden and tools can benefit from a good spring cleaning too. While we may not dust our gardens, after a long winter, things do need to be made tidy again.Signs of spring… and time to get cleaning…
- To start, general clean up: pick up twigs and limbs that have fallen, clear away all leaves that have blown in and gathered around your plants. The plants may have liked the extra covering during the cold, but as things start to warm up, it can hinder their growth. Plus mold can start growing if the leaves stay damp.
- Next, finish cutting back any dead on your plants. I never seem to get everything cut back before the cold sets in.
- Make a mental list of areas where you might need to add more mulch, and of any plants that may not have survived the winter. This helps in planning what you may need.
- Look for bare/bald areas in your lawn, this is the time you will want to reseed anything, before the heats sets in.
Unfortunately, weeds seem to be the first thing up when it starts to get warm, but if you stay on top of them (and mulch), it shouldn’t get too out of hand.Tweet
- Clean, sharpen and check your tools so you are ready to hit the ground running when it’s finally time to get outside and garden. Also, clean any pots you may be reusing this year, that way the new plants won’t pick up any leftover diseases that might still be lurking.
- Start turning your compost again. I usually don’t turn mine in the winter because it’s just too darn cold!
- And lastly there is always weeding. Unfortunately, weeds seem to be the first thing up when it starts to get warm, but if you stay on top of them (and mulch), it shouldn’t get too out of hand.
Doing these things now will ensure that you have a healthier garden and more time to enjoy it.