The first sign of Spring has arrived at our office and we couldn’t be more excited! Here are 5 ways to help your outdoor yard and garden off to a great start.
1. Start getting your flower beds ready.
- Cut back last year’s plant material and ornamental grasses to make room for fresh growth.
- Start moving the dirt around to loosen any compacted mulch or debris.
- Now is the time to add lime. According to Garden Projects for early spring “Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Dolomite is the finest grind, and is recommended. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to derive any benefit from it. Ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting. Hydrate lime, or “quick lime”, is not recommended, as it can change the soil pH so rapidly that plants may be damaged. Cover newly limed beds with plastic during heavy spring rains to prevent runoff. Soil pH can be determined by using a soil pH test kit”
- Add a layer of compost and mix it about 8 inches deep. Level the flower bed when you are complete.
2. Start your indoor seeds.
We have all been dreaming about the warmer weather and some of us have probably spent time looking at our seed catalogs. Now is the time to get those babies started. Here is a link to a seed starting article if you think you need more information. Learn how to start seeds indoors.
3. Plant your Hardy Veggies now.
A hardy vegetable is one that tolerates frost (usually 25 to 28 degrees F) Bonnie Plants-Which veggies for which season? lists the following as early spring and fall hardy plants.
- Brussels sprouts
- English peas
- Mustard greens
4. Pay attention to your lawn.
Rake through the lawn to remove any built up dead grass or debris. This will give new growth a chance to breath. March 1st through April 15th is perfect time to spread your lawn with crabgrass preventer and food. Also April 15th through May 31st is when you should apply grub control.
Keep a clear boundary between the garden/flower beds and the lawn early. Grass grows vigorously in early spring. To make weeding easier throughout the season, there are many borders you can add. Some of the more popular materials are stone, brick, or plastic edging. Truthfully, the amount of options available in your local garden store can be overwhelming. So, I would get an idea of what you want to look like before you go. I wanted to point out that if visible borders aren’t really your thing, there is a way to edge your lawn without using the a physical border. Learn more about creating a borderless edge.
AND I know it goes without saying, Enjoy the weather!