Spring Garden Clean-Up Checklist in Western North Carolina

Spring Garden Clean-Up Checklist in Western North Carolina

Spring Garden Clean-Up Checklist in Western North Carolina

Spring has finally arrived in Western North Carolina, and that means it's time to start thinking about getting your garden in shape for the coming growing season. With a little bit of effort and some careful planning, you can have your garden looking great and ready for the warmer months ahead.

1. Clean Up Winter Debris

Start by clearing away any dead leaves, branches, and other debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. This will help prevent disease and pests from taking hold in your garden and will give you a clean slate to work with.

2. Prune Trees and Shrubs

Now is the perfect time to prune any trees and shrubs in your garden that may need it. Be sure to remove any dead or damaged branches, as well as any that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Pruning will promote healthy growth and give your garden a neat and tidy appearance.

3. Prepare the Soil

Before you start planting, it's important to prepare the soil in your garden. This may involve adding compost or other organic matter to improve the soil's fertility and structure. You may also need to test the soil pH and adjust it as necessary to promote optimal plant growth. We like to add Daddy Pete's composted cow manure to our garden, landscape, and flower beds during March.

4. Divide and Transplant Perennials

If you have perennials in your garden that have become overcrowded or are not performing as well as they should, now is the time to divide and transplant them. This will help to rejuvenate the plants and give them room to grow, and will also give you the opportunity to fill in any empty spaces in your garden. This can take place during mid March through late April.

5. Mulch and Edge Beds

After you've planted and divided your perennials, it's a good idea to mulch and edge your garden beds. Mulch will help to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature, while edging will give your garden a polished and finished look. Mulching a little earlier in the new year reduces weed seeds from sprouting and creates a fresh look on your landscape.

6. Clean and Sharpen Tools

Don't forget to take care of your gardening tools! Clean off any dirt and debris, and sharpen blades as needed. This will ensure that your tools are in good working order and will help you to get the best results from your efforts in the garden. For hand tools, washing with soap and water and spraying or wiping with a disinfectant is good practice, do this often.

7. Plan and Plant

Finally, take some time to plan out what you want to plant in your garden this year. Consider factors such as sunlight, soil type, and space requirements, and choose plants that are well-suited to your specific conditions. Once you have a plan in place, start planting and enjoy watching your garden come to life.

By following this spring garden clean-up checklist, you can ensure that your garden is ready for the coming season and will be a beautiful and productive space for you to enjoy. Happy gardening!

For more informaton on spring clean up of if you need to hire a professional, contact our office today.

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Mar 3rd 2024 Settlemyre Nursery

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