Spring Gardening Tips

We haven’t divulged this information yet but our mother is a master gardener. Seriously, our parents yard has been featured in garden shows. We’ve lost count of how many people have had weddings in their yard, (three out of the four of us had our receptions there!), as well as a myriad of other special events. The woman knows her stuff and she has agreed to share some helpful information to get your yard in ship shape this season! 

Below are her tips for getting your garden in shape this spring!

In my kitchen, there is a plaque one the wall that says:
The world is very old,
But every Spring
It grows young again
and Faeries sing
    Cicely Mary Barker
Spring might just be my favorite season of all.  After a long, cold winter, there is nothing better than to walk outside to see the birds return, the flowers emerging from the cold barren soil, and color to reappear into a desolate space.
Preparing for the coming months is very important.  This post will be tips to prepare your garden/outdoor space to become beautiful by the time the season reaches its peak.
Early Spring Tips:
-Clean out the garden:  Remove all the debris (leaves etc.)  Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back.  Apply a pre-emergent once to help prevent future seeds from germinating and growing.  (Preen)
-Rake and aerate lawns to remove winter debris and prep for new growth.
-Fertilize lawns, trees, shrubs and perennials.  For flower beds, 16/16/8 or blue chip is good.  Chelated iron for strong, healthy plants and to green them up for spring.
–Trim old plants:  Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned.   Prune your fruit and shade trees if you didn’t do it in the winter and before they start to bud, or you may stress the tree and get a small crop.  Remove all dead limbs, leaves, etc. from roses, perennials.
-Clean gardening tools and sharpen.  This helps preserve them and prevents the spread of disease from the bacteria on an unclean gardening tool.
-Divide perennials.   Share them with friends and neighbors.  Perennials do better if they are divided every couple of years.
-Plant new trees and shrubs now while the weather is cool and the roots are dormant.  (Don’t think about planting annual flowers until all threats of freezing are gone.  Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  Most zones recommend early-mid May.)
-Spray dormant oil to prevent bugs from eating your trees and shrubs.
Adhering to these tips will help ensure a beautiful, healthy and colorful garden in the months to come!

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