While the weather is still icky, prepare your garden for spring planting to ensure your plants and flowers will blossom and grow well, and your garden will be free from pests and weeds! Winter is the best time to pull out any weeds and getting the shed ready and organized. To get started, check out the following tips from a professional landscaper.
Pull out any weeds
One of the best practices to prepare for the spring is to pull out any weeds to ensure they won’t ruin your garden come the planting season.
You can start manually pulling them out. It is a simple and effective way to eliminate the weeds that have survived in the winter. You can dig out the weeds to remove them, but you have to do it while they’re small and young.
If not, you will have difficulty getting rid of them especially those that have deeply rooted into the ground. Also, weeds can spread over the garden once they released seeds.
You can also pull out small weeds by hand, but see to it that you’re also getting rid of the roots by using a trowel to dig around the root before pulling them out.
However, you can use herbicides for the larger areas to make your life easier. If it is your first time using a specific type of herbicide, read and follow the manufacturer instructions to ensure you’re applying it properly.
Get your shed ready
To prepare for the spring, you should also be able to get your supply of plant supports in the garden shed during the winter. You should replenish the plant supports, such as preassembling the structures like tomato cages. You can get it done in the shed while the weather is nasty because there is so much to do come the spring than preassembling the plant supports by that time.
In addition, you must sharpen the blade and oil the hinges and other gardening tools. You can use a mill file in sharpening the blades and penetrating oil to remove the rust and corrosion. Doing these things to organize your plant supports and tools, you’ll find spring a more pleasurable season to plant flowers and plants.
And speaking of organizing your shed, you might also want to get garden supplies. Take a look at your available ones and list down those that need replenishment. You must also check that you have enough fertilizer for the spring season.
More organization tips: Know your storage need and the supplies, tools, and containers should you make a room for. Keep those you are using often and think about giving away or recycling the items you’ve not touched. Start making a plan to organize the shed to know the number of bins, shelves or baskets to buy or make.
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Prepare seeds for early-spring planting
While the weather is still nasty, you should be starting to get the seeds ready for the planting season.
Start ordering the flowering seeds (and buds) now. Buy ranunculi, gladioli, and lilies, for instance. You can spend most of those winter days when indoors browsing for different varieties to grow come the spring and summer.
Why seeds? You should start from seeds for certain reasons. For one, it is economical because a packet can contain up to 50 seeds and with an average germination rate of up to 95%. Seeds are also an excellent choice because they can open a great diversity of plants and flowers you cannot get from nursery-bought plants.
Set up flower beds
In addition to preparing the shed and preassembling the plant supports, you should not forget about setting up new garden beds and planters. As while you can be excited buying all those flowers, seeds, and then even adding more varieties, you might end up without a place or space for all them. For this reason, you should not delay building garden beds as well as installing window boxes and shepherd’s hooks. You might also want new pots to have enough of them for the new plants.
No gardener would like to see pests destroying a bed with ripening produce or pots with blossoming flowers. Fortunately, you can keep these unwanted guests out the garden.
Aside from removing the weeds, you should get rid of the pests. Hunt them down and destroy all the hibernating pests that feed on your plants and flowers and infest your garden.
Look for slugs, aphid and snail colonies in the plants’ crowns. You must also look for white-vine-weevil larvae that might have possibly been living in the compost or feeding on the roots of the plants. You must be able to destroy all the larvae to find and with chemical drenches or parasitic nematodes.
More tips to get rid of pests
There are certain ways on how to eliminate garden pests. One of which is handpicking that is done through plucking egg sacks and pests off plants. In addition, you can set up traps to lure them away from your plants and garden.
Different traps are available or can be made. For one, you can make a slug and snail trap by nailing wood strips on a piece of board, and then put it in the garden, Make sure that the strips are down to keep the board propped off the ground slightly. The snails and slugs climbing under the trap can be removed easily.
On the other hand, you can use water pressure sprays to dislodge pests, such as spider mites and aphids. However, this process should be done regularly and only be used on strong plants.
But if you need help for better results in removing pests, you might want to seek help from a local pest removal company that can devise a plan and execute it precisely to get rid of these unwanted garden guests.
With these early spring planting tips, you and your garden can get prepared. Again, remove pests, such as slugs and snails, pull out weeds manually or with herbicides, prepare flower and garden beds, get your shed and garden supplies, and prepare the seeds.