Spring preparation and maintenance are vital to giving flowers and gardens the best chance at growing, blooming, and bearing the fruits of labor. It’s not easy to prepare for spring, but the effort you put in before the growing season starts is worth the beauty that comes later.
- Because cycles of freezing temperatures and thawing, winter can leave your yard a bit damaged. While it’s a bit hard to predict when warmer weather will arrive in colder regions of the United States, once the soil in your planting area has properly thawed (see if you can easily ball it up with your hands), you can start planting.
- First things first, it’s time for spring cleaning. You’ll need to kill and pull weeds, remove dead branches, cut back dry perennials, and take away decaying mulch in order to get to bare soil. All this dead and dry material needs to be removed to drive new growth.
- Winter is rough on soil and compacts it. Loosen up compacted soil when it’s thawed by tilling with a tiller or turning it up with a spade. As you’re tossing soil around and loosening it up, we recommend mixing in a shallow layer of Beyond Peat™ All-Purpose Garden Soil. Enriched with professional-grade organic fertilizer, our All-Purpose Garden Soil provides a consistent source of macro and micro nutrients that revives and livens up winter-beaten soil.
- If you’re planting in an outside raised bed, make sure you do the same for the soil and mix in Beyond Peat™ Professional Organics Raised Bed Mix.
- When you’re out fertilizing soil, feel free to also prune nearby trees or shrubs to help focus the incoming nutrients into the branches you want.
- Before you head off to the nursery, create a list of the perennials, annuals, and edibles plants you’re interested in.
- Remember, don’t start planting if there’s a high risk of frost in your region unless you’re primarily growing cool-season plants. A single frost can destroy a lot of hard work if you begin too early in the season and are trying to grow warm-season plants.