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Gardening: Spring Checklist

Gardening: Spring Checklist

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When the snow has melted and the calendar tells me it should be spring I immediately get the itch to get out and start working in my garden. Even before the weather truly begins to feel like spring there are ways to get a head start on gardening season. Today I wanted to share with you my spring gardening checklist as well as some tools that will help bring your garden to its full potential this summer.

Step One: Plan

Planning your gardening can start as soon as you’d like. I often make notes at the end of summer on what plants I may want moved or divided for the following year. If you are planning a vegetable garden it’s also great to plan what you’ll be planting since, as i learned last year, many plants should be started in early spring.

Step Two: Clean & Organize

Let’s face it, the outside is neglected through the long winter. When all the snow has melted it’s a great time to clean up the mess that winter has left behind. The winter brings sticks, rocks and if you have dogs like us way more dog poop than should be in any yard. Try to clean this up before the ground gets too soft. I promise you wont regret it.

Here’s just a few things I do to prep our yard:

  • Clean up the lawn

  • Hook up Hoses

  • Clean out planters; replace soil if needed

  • Pull out and clean patio furniture

  • Sweep Deck and Patio

  • Pull out summer toys

Step Three: Focus on the Beds

In the fall we use many of our fallen leaves to cover garden beds to help protect plants from frost. And lets be honest, we usually run out of time to pick up all our leaves before the first snow fall. I also like to leave some hydrangea heads and grasses for interest through the long winter.

Here is my list for cleaning up the garden beds:

  • Clean Garden Beds

  • Edge Garden

  • Prune Ornamental Grasses

  • Clip Perennials

  • Remove Last Season’s Remains

  • Divide Perennials

  • Apply Mulch

Step Four: Plant

After the threat of frost has passed it’s time to think about planting and dividing. Move and divide any perennials that you had planned to as part of step one. Every year I plant seeds from Zinnia & Cosmo which allows me to cut flowers through the entire summer. I also replant my dahlias that I dug up in the fall. Insert supports for plants such as peony, salvia and yarrow as they begin to emerge. Trust me it’s way easier to place a hoop around a plant that is small than when it is fully grown.

Helpful tools:

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Gardening Boots

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Garden Fork

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Border Spade

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Hand Trowel

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Hedge Shears

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Triple Claw Cultivator

Happy Gardening!

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