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How to prepare your garden beds for Spring

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A little over a month away, and yet you can almost feel it in the air: spring! While you can’t dive into the garden right now, there’s much you can do to alleviate your restlessness and ensure an upcoming season filled with floral success. Here’s what you can do to prepare the beds for spring…

Walking around the beds while the soil is saturated by melted snow is ill-advised: you can end up causing damage to the plant roots. Once it’s gotten warm enough to sufficiently dry up the soil, you can quite literally take the first steps. Pick up all fallen branches, remove all damaged foliage and limbs from your plants. Most trees and shrubs can be pruned in February or March. Remove dead annuals, and rake fallen leaves into our compost pile. Replace the old soil in pots, window boxes and containers. If you come across any plant that’s been displaced by thawing snow or over the winter, gently push it back in its place.

Apply a good fertilizer like Breck’s Food for Bulbs and Perennials to garden beds to fertilize tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. This also happens to be the ideal time to start shopping for garden décor, repaint fences and trellises and pick up flower supports peonies and other bushy, heavy-bloom plants.

Once the danger of heavy frost is past, you can remove the winter mulch. Cut back the perennials and prune deciduous shrubs. If you hadn’t added compost or other organic material into the soil in fall, it’s advisable you get to it now. Aerating the soil in the planting beds helps enhance the absorption of nutrients and moisture. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil in various places, taking care to avoid disturbing the roots.

By the time you’ve gotten these things covered, you won’t need to wonder what’s next – it’ll be time to get busy planting, starting with some early, frost resistant spring flowering bulbs!

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February 9, 2017