Monday , July 6 2020

Dont forget your spring garden checklist!

Gardeners are a happy crowd.

Budding clematis. Prepare the garden with our practical spring checklist:
Budding clematis. Photo by Lorna Kring.

For many people, the winter season can drag on and get a little gloomy. The weather is gray and cloudy, there are not enough hours of daylight and our favorite outdoor activities can come to a standstill.

But gardeners have a wonderful antidote to short-day blues.

This is the time of year when the seed and equipment catalogs arrive and stimulate the imagination with plans, schemes and dreams of garden glory!

Of course, these plans always spark the desire for action and are the ideal time to review and implement your spring garden checklist.

To get the most out of the pre-season, here are seven steps to start today.

Let’s begin!

1. Check last year’s journal

Her diary contains all the information from previous gardens to further increase this year’s success.

Once you have made notes, you will have a written record of where your efforts have been successful and which have failed. You also have all the data about your specific weather patterns, pest problems, planting dates, perennials that you want to move, and the areas you want to revise.

Spring has begun! Get your garden in top shape with our checklist:

And if you’ve been very vigilant with your diary, you may also have photos or sketches of plants you want to add, new design arrangements, and planting or decorating ideas.

This is also a good time to start creating a new diary if you haven’t already.

A diary doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple folder with lined paper and transparent pockets is enough.

Of course there are some nice ones if you prefer something more elaborate.

P.S. A pretty diary is a great gift for the other gardener in your life! We found seven great options for you to consider.

2. Go to Walkabout

Even with a well-kept diary, there are still things that happened outside that you didn’t include in your notes.

Winter cold can lift paths and rock gardens, causing damage Bird baths and planters and kill tender perennials.

Repair rock gardens in spring. |
With the arrival of spring, it’s time to fix the rock garden. Photo by Lorna Kring.

Plus, rodents and other living things He may have been busy building caves and nests or nibbling on plants.

So take your new diary with you and see the landscape. Write down all the work that needs to be done, then prioritize your tasks to prepare for the upcoming season.

3. Plan your success

With your trusted diary in hand, you can now plan, set priorities and create calendars.

Run a spring garden journal to plan and point to successes and failures from previous years. |
Run a gardening journal to plan and read the past year. Photo by Lorna Kring.

Your timeline can include:

  • When should you start with seedlings?
  • Dates for direct sowing
  • Purchase and planting of bedding plants
  • Dates for editing, heating and preparing beds
  • Purchase of accessories, tools and equipment
  • Memories to turn the compost
  • Share perennials and summer onions
  • Top dressing early arrivals
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • General cleanup
  • Procurement of unique decorative items

With a schedule to follow, every task is done on time.

The alternative is not to be planned – but you will be caught flat-footed when these eagerly awaited warm, sunny days arrive and try to limit everything to a few weekends.

It’s too stressful for such a fun hobby!

4. Repairs and maintenance

After you’ve prioritized your tasks, it’s time for action – and one of the first items on the agenda is usually repairs and maintenance.

Keep your garden tools well cared for so that they are ready for the coming spring season. |
Clean, oil and sharpen your garden tools to prepare for gardening this season. Photo by Lorna Kring.

Perform the following tasks before the warm weather arrives:

  • Clean, repair, sharpen and oil tools
  • Repair paths, fences, grids, and rock gardens
  • Repair planters, statues, and birdhouses
  • Inventory of accessories and tools
Sharpen your tools to prepare for the next gardening season. |
Time to sharpen these tools!

5. The shopping spree

As soon as the lawn and garden supplies arrive – but before the crowd does – take your list of supplies, equipment and supplies to your favorite stores and replenish them. Or skip the stores altogether and Shop online!

If the weather is nice enough to get outside, you can start right away.

Not sure how to prepare the garden for spring? Beautify your place and prepare yourself for planting with the following tips:

It is also a good idea to get items early for your outdoor decorating plans, especially if they are unique or unusual in nature.

Visit the beach to buy driftwood plant stands, search flea markets, and search flea markets for themed planters such as old toolboxes, bike baskets, and packaging pallets, or search the disused chandeliers and vases for vintage glass garden lights a great way to be inspired!

6. In the garden

There are also many outdoor tasks that need to be done before spring officially begins.

Late winter is the time to prune certain trees, shrubs, and vines. This invigorates the plants for spring growth and limits the time in which the wounds are exposed to potential diseases.

Summer blooming trees like Rose of Sharon, Crepe myrtleand smoke trees as well as fruit trees, grapevines, most roses, Hydrangeas, spirea, summer flowering clematisetc. should all be shortened while they are still inactive.

It’s also a good time to top raspberry and blackberry stalks in the second year. This keeps their size and shape manageable and makes it easier to pick the berries when they ripen.

Prepare the garden for spring and do the proper cleaning and maintenance. |
Shabby ornamental grass that needs cleaning. Photo by Lorna Kring.

Dead and damaged plants should also be removed or pruned in late winter. This includes dead branches, the removal of crisscrossing branches and the opening of plants for better air circulation.

Ornamental grasses Perennials can also be cleaned, cared for and divided (if necessary) before new growth begins.

Well-kept ornamental grass. |
And the after photo – beautifully maintained ornamental grass. Photo by Lorna Kring.

When early herbs appear like chives or tarragonClean old material and give them a top dressing made from fresh organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure. This promotes early growth and also offers protection against sudden cold snaps.

And when winter comes to an end and spring approaches, a general cleanup is also necessary.

Tools for cleaning and sharpening, cleaning perennials and starting new seeds - you can find all this and more on our checklist for the spring garden:
Top dress chives with fresh organic matter in spring. Photo by Lorna Kring.

Winter blankets made of hay or leaf mulch can be worked into the top layer of the soil or raked and removed. And all deposits such as dead flower stalks, old seed heads or decayed branches and twigs can also be removed.

7. Sowing cold weather

After cleaning, vegetables and flower beds can be ordered or loosened (depending on the weather) and then warmed up if necessary for sowing plants in cold weather arugula, garlic, Kale, spinach, radish, Onions, and some salads.

Browse our spring gardening checklist. |

Beware of the temptation to plant other seeds too early – a warm, sunny spell can trigger this urge.

To ensure that you don’t jump with your gun, print out a handy planting card for your diary. like this for US zones and This for Canadian zones, then refer to it to ensure that your early plantings have the best chance of growth.

The last point

Be patient!

Mother Nature has a knack for humiliating us when we try to rush her. So let the seasons unfold as you like.

New growth on the rose bushes and other signs of spring - a good sign that it's time to start your gardening in spring! Click here to receive our checklist or attach it for later:
New growth on the rose bushes. Photo by Lorna Kring.

To increase your chances of success in the garden, use your diary to guide your tasks, get your prep work done early, and read the planting tables of your zone.

When the time is right, you can enjoy the warm spring days in the garden.

Reader, how do you prepare your garden for spring? Let us know in the comments below!

About Christian

Christian Joshua Ferguson is a local activist who enjoys walking, social media and jigsaw puzzles. He is entertaining and smart, but can also be very greedy and a bit lazy. he also likes to write about plants

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