With winters’ leftovers strewn across your lawn, it can be difficult to imagine the birth of spring, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Imaging the warm weather, bright flowers, and consistent sunlight is at your almost at your fingertips. If the warm weather anticipation has gotten the best of you, start the preparation for spring planting early. Get your garden ready for spring planting with these 5 easy steps:
1. Rake Up All the Dead Leaves
If you live in a cold damp climate, the chances are that either all of the leaves hadn’t fallen off of the trees before winter came or snow came before you had the chance to rake up all of the remnants of fallen leaves. Once the snow is melted and the rain has eased up, rake up the soggy leaves from last year and get your yard looking pristine again!
2. Check piping/sprinkler system
After a whole winter season with your outside water turned off, pipes can freeze or leak, and sprinkler heads can break off. Before you start getting your yard green and your flowers watered, use these easy guidelines to check for leaky or broken sprinklers:
- Turn on your sprinkler system for 10-20 minutes and look for soggy soil around sprinkler heads
- Turn on your irrigation system and check for broken sprinkler heads and pipes
- Look all around for any soggy patches on your lawn/garden that could indicate a leak in your sprinkler system or drip irrigation tubing
3. Prune Trees and Bushes
Once the spring foliage has started to emerge on trees and bushes, it is easier to navigate which portions of the plant need to be clipped off. Pruning gives your garden the opportunity to look polished and healthy again and will help revitalize plants and encourage them to grow in a productive manner.
4. Draw a Garden Plan
Much like an interior design plan, landscape design deserves a plan of its own. Drawing a garden plan is a great way for you to revitalize your yard and expand it into something more inviting and serene, while eliminating mistakes in the process. Draw a plan according to sunlight, aesthetics, durability, and color. For example, don’t incorporate a plant into your garden that needs lots of sunlight in an area that is shaded from the sun. This will just result in you having to find and plant something else in that area.
5. Plant Bulbs
Springtime is the perfect time of year to plant daffodil, tulip, and hyacinth flower bulbs that will emerge the following year and will continue to occur every year afterward. Plant bulbs with the pointy end up in soil that is 5 to 8 inches deep. When deciding where to plant your flower bulbs, consider clustering them closer together to create a fuller effect that will enhance the overall feel of your garden.
Nina Hiatt has worked helping clients find balance and beauty in their personal space through landscape and interior design. She specializes in helping young designers build their portfolios and start their own business. Nina has experience helping companies who specialize in pest control in Orlando and across the state of Florida.