Spring is on its way, is your garden prepared? The last few weeks of winter are the perfect time to start planning for the season! Now is the time to start prepping your landscape and making preparations. Start by reflecting on last year’s garden and consider what worked and what didn’t. When you take these factors into account, you will be able to have a better starting point for what in your landscape will need improvement.
Order Bulbs and Seeds
If any plants did particularly well or poorly now is the time to either order ore or cross them off your list. Otherwise, it’s time to start ordering your seeds and bulbs for the year. Leafing through a garden catalog is a great way to spend a cold, windy day! Just make sure to pay attention to the space and environmental needs of the plants you are interested in. While there is always room for mistakes when it comes to growing, there’s no reason to start at a disadvantage with a plant not suited for your setting.
Tidy up Borders and Beds
With most of the lousy weather past, now is the time to do a thorough cleanup of your gardens and yards. Start by removing any debris and cutting back old growth including any pruning that needs to be done. Clear your garden beds and borders to the bare soil and place any organic matter into a compost pile for later use. Next, remove visible weeds and add in a layer of organic matter like compost, green waste, or manure to add nutrients to the soil.
Care for Gates, Trellis, and Fences
Before the growing season starts is the perfect time to catch up on maintenance to fences, trellis, gates, and other hardscaping features. Start by cleaning away any built-up debris from around the sides and do a thorough check for any breaks, cracks, or gaps that might have occurred over the winter. If there are any issues, now is the time to repair them. Finally, give your fence a good cleaning, and you’ll be ready for the season!
Collect Rainwater and Start Your Compost
The last two tasks to help ensure a great growing season are to create a rainwater collection system and get your compost area started. Gardens can take up a lot of water and nutrients, and having these two systems in place can help make your garden more productive and more sustainable. Compost piles, in particular, make use of almost all organic waste while turning them into valuable, nutrient-rich material that can help feed your garden more effectively than most commercial fertilizers. Likewise, rainwater is often more beneficial for plants as it is high in minerals and is slightly alkaline.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS FOR YOUR LANDSCAPING NEEDS
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services through the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure your gardens and grounds look as beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and get more helpful gardening tips, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Twitter.