Essential Spring gardening tips

Gardening is one of the best hobbies and activity that are actually stress busters. Many people like the work of playing...

Take a survey of the yard

Take note of trees parts that need to be removed or cabled. After summer and rain, certain trees and plants...

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Essential Spring gardening tips

Gardening is one of the best hobbies and activity that are actually stress busters. Many people like the work of playing with mud and dirt, that’s in the gardening process. In the past 5 years the number of people logged on to food train has increased drastically, nearly 20%.

Gardening not just gives a saving source but also has many varied benefits including few on the health aspects. In fact, gardening can give the children of this era, a message to learn the values of food processing and make them aware of the handwork and respect for food, knowing the source of food and how it grows.

With the increased passion for gardening, we see many people diving into this, which is a good sign. But we also see many people failing at it and finally blaming it as not so worth activity at the end. We tell you, the problem is with nothing else but your methods, the way you take care of them every season. They are just like your children, how do you care for them! A child needs protection in winter and they need to be exposed in mild summers, similarly, the plants are the same. We need to give proper care each changing season. You can’t follow mundanely the same steps every day, without any change. Seasonal changes bring in it the change in the requirements of the plants and its growth phase.

We are going to tell you about the most awesome time of the year, and its changes and effects on plants and how well can you take care of those budding plants to yield best results.

Take a survey of the yard:

Take note of trees parts that need to be removed or cabled. After summer and rain, certain trees and plants would have fallen off a few limbs out, overhanging out, which may hinder the further growth and also pose a problem for you. So check out for such plants and cut them down which can be used for the compost pile.

Rake the mulch planted on the beds of plants with bulbs before the foliage appears and re-plant the mulch after the soil warms up. Check for any fences, steps for disrepair caused by freezing temperatures and thawing. Hire an arborist to maintain largely grown trees.

Order for the required tools:

Check for the required tools and what you have and what you may need when the budding plants start growing. Order for the tools before you might need them, well in advance. Choose new plants for the place and order few shrubs for spring planting.

Get, Set for Mowing:

Before setting for the next step, to mow, look for areas which need re-seeding before this step. If you have the tools ready, check for their working conditions, oil them and keep ready. In case you don’t have, order for the mowing tools. Clear the lawn or space of winter debris and make it look neat for mowing.

Trees and Shrubs to be pruned:

Take out the dead, diseased branches or parts of the plants. Trim the summer blooming plants and shrubs, flowering plants. Chop off the cold damaged woods after the plants resume spring growth. Prune those spring blooming shrubs and trees after the flowering.

Check soil, take a test:

Enrich the soil as necessary for spring and summer growth of plants. Take tests of the soil. Take pH test using several kits from different planting areas, for accurate readings. Add the required elements to maintain the pH balance in the soil.

Prepare new beds for the plants:

Preparing for the growing phase in very important, do it by clearing the planting area as soon as possible, removing all the weeds and spreading a 4-inch layer of manure over the soil and cultivating to a depth of 10-12 inches.

Planting:

Start planting shrubs and bare-root trees such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Transfer the container grown plants anytime except in the mid-summer season. Sow the seeds of cool season produce like lettuce, spinach, and flowers like sweet peas, calendula.

Fertilising:

Start layering a balanced fertiliser on the plant beds, spread high acid fertilisers for the required plants like camellias.

Start compost piles:

Keep a compost bin, if you don’t have one. Start by collecting all the debris from plants, the raked mulches and also any plant waste that you might have. Add equal amounts of dried leaves and grass clipping in between the water layers along with compost bio-activators. Continue with this activity, so that you can get rich home-made compost by next spring.

Clean bird feeders and baths:

Spring is the time for few birds coming home and they have a great role in balancing the growth. So check and clean the bird feeders, disinfect them and add fresh feeds.