If you are one of those people who love gardening, spring is probably your favorite part of the year. Spring is always an exciting period as it represents a fresh start, and rebirth. People who love gardening particularly love spring, because they can watch their beloved plants wake up from their winter slumber once more. However, bear in mind that, if you want to be able to enjoy your garden as well as spring to the fullest, you have to make the necessary preparations in time. It’s best to start with small chores, and gradually move on to bigger ones. As you won’t be able to finish all of these preparations in a week, it would be best to start as soon as possible.
There are many plants that you have to prepare, before you put them in the ground. This means that you’ll have to prepare the seeds indoors, and only when they are strong enough and the weather is warm, relocate them in the garden. Make three-inch-deep cups from cardboard or newspapers. Fill the containers with the seeds you wish to grow. Follow the instructions written on seed packets, to get the most accurate instructions. Make sure that your plants have enough natural light, and that the temperature is right. When first leaves appear, you’ll know that you did a good job.
Once you’re done with clearing your yard, it’s time to prepare the soil for the actual planting process. If you want to do it right, have your soil tested. This means you should measure the levels of pH, magnesium, phosphorus and nitrogen in the ground. You can purchase testing kits and do it yourself. The simplest way to improve the soil is to add compost, or manure. Chemical fertilizers are also an option, depending on the type of plants you plan to grow. It is important to pay attention to the texture of the soil, which depends on the amount of sand, clay, and silt it contains.
Start cleaning about a month in advance, and be as thorough as possible. Collect all leaves and branches and add them to your compost pile (if you’re not making your own compost – you should). Look around your yard and see if anything suffered any damage during winter. The things that suffer this fate most often are the fence, mailbox and tool shed. Also, take some time to check and clean your gardening tools. Remove any soil from them by using a hard brush, and then hosing them down. Finally, check your bushes and other greenery, and see if you need to call the experts providing gardening services to help you with anything.
You can take your plants outside if the weather is warm enough, but don’t plant them just yet. Keep them in their trays and water them as you usually would. This will prepare the plants for the shift in temperature. It’s important to remember that some plants won’t survive this process, so you should maybe plant more plants than you actually need. This depends solely on your budget.
To wrap things up, plan the look of your garden a few months before you actually start organizing it. That way you’ll have more time to do everything right, as rushing things is never a good idea. If you begin in time, your tools, soil and plants will be ready and waiting for spring.