“What do I need to do for my garden spring clean-up?”
If this is what you are asking yourself, look no further we’ve compiled a list for you to review this spring when your scrambling through your garage or shed looking for hand tools.
Okay so we’re going to start off with the basics; what tools do you need to get your front and backyard gardens in good shape.
1.) Rake & Leaf Blower
2.) Loppers, Hand Pruners & Sheers
3.) Shovel & Edger
4.) Strong Back
Cut back any existing perennials that may be left over from the previous season alongside any sticks or leafs that have accumulated over the winter months. A lot of the time you can use a rake to gently pull the loose material and follow behind with sheers to cut any stragglers. This will open up the garden, and allow you to see where plant buds may be popping up so that you may avoid stepping on and possibly ruining their springtime flowers.
Once all the dead plant and leaf debris has been removed from the garden, it is time to tip back the dead debris out of your trees and shrubs. The reason I say tip back is spring is not the best time of year to do a deep pruning. When spring comes, the energy of the plant has been transferred from root to stem. The last thing you want to do is go hacking away all the trees nutrients it requires to push it’s foliage and blossoms. Instead by removing dead or undesirable minor branches you can better promote growth to the entirety of the plant.
Alright, we finished thinning and tipping our trees and shrubs. We’re ready to move on to prepping the bed for mulch (which we will cover next Tuesday). If you are looking to divide and transplant to further fill your garden, now is the time to grab your shovel or spade and get to work. If your looking to divide we would suggest to do some due diligence on the plant to make sure it is a species that is tolerant of doing so, or simple Contact Us. Any time you transplant we go by a simple formula of 50% native soil and 50% compost mix for smaller perennials. When planting be sure to leave the height of the ball about a 1/4″ higher than the soil around it and pack it tight. If it is easy to pull after you planted it, you didn’t pack it enough and it can lead too much or too little water depending on the native soil.