Spring Garden Prep in 5 Easy Steps

By: albertaarb - January 24, 2017

When can I begin spring prep?

Well, we dream of Spring with the first flakes of snow so we suggest starting early. If you have a vision for a new garden or are trying out new seeds, start on paper. Design your new bed and research your seeds.

Step 1 - A little spring cleaning goes a long way.

Clear your flower beds of winter debris and check wooden borders for rot and replace if needed.

Keep those critters away early! Eradicate the bad bugs so good ones can flourish and do this early so those nasty pests don’t get the best of your garden. If you have a greenhouse, clean the space before starting the planting process. Ensure your tools are rust-free and sharpened because a well maintained tool is the key to a successful planting season.

Step 2 - What do you want to plant?

Consider planting seeds like geraniums, begonias, or peppers in January or February because they have the longest season and require indoor attention but save planting your vegetables or perennials until April because they need that fresh outdoor air.

Step 3 - Move existing deciduous shrubs.

It’s normal to feel ambitious with the return of warmer weather so early spring can be the best time to rearrange dormant deciduous shrubs because they’ll have a better chance at long term survival, so if you want to rearrange shrubbery, do so early and please leave coniferous foliage in place to give them the best chance at a long life.

Step 4 - Water supply and early maintenance.

Early spring is the best time to ensure your rain barrel is ready for the season ahead, and

if you don’t use anything to collect rainwater, consider a rain barrel. Your garden will thrive, the environment will be happier and many plants prefer rainwater, so consider including this in your landscape or garden design.

Step 5 - Create a compost area!

By now, your garden is almost ready but there’s a lot of debris and no one likes extra work or traipsing to the curb with a bucket of grass, so build a small wooden box near your garden. This will act as a place for your garden waste. Eventually, the soil created can return to your garden, so from the first sprinkle of water to the final handful of fertilizer, your soil, your seeds, and your sweat will make the most brilliant spring garden!

Step 6 - Call the Pros to Help With Tree Removal

Downed tree over the winter? We can help!

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.



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