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Spring Clean Up In Your Garden

April 26, 2011

The weather here in March may be a bit cool, windy, and rainy but don’t let that stop you from getting outside to clean up your garden for spring. Here are 5 important things to do now before it does get warm out and becomes too late to don’t forget these important garden chores.

  • # 1 – Rake Leaves. The first and most important thing you need to do now is to rake out any leaves in that are left in your beds. It is important to remove these leaves now because some of these leaves carry diseases and pathogens from the past season that could spread to your perennials when the new growth emerges from the soil and comes into contact with the old leaver.
  • # 2 – Cut Back Perennials. Go ahead now and cut back any perennials that you may have left up over the winter for winter interest like your ornamental grasses.  But them back to leave about 4-6 inches of thatch above the ground. Other perennials like sedums, mint, and daylilies you should cut down to the ground so the plant can grow in its proper form.
  • # 3 – Edging. It is a great time to edge you beds now to dress the look up a bit, because later in the season when it is warmer you will be busy enough, watering, weeding, and deadheading, so just get the edging done now while you have more time. You do not even need to purchase an expensive power edger, usually a shovel spade or sod lifter work just as well or sometimes better since you have more control.
  • # 4 – Pruning. Take a close look at your trees and shrubs this time of year for any branches or limbs damaged from the weight of heavy snow, ice, or wind during winter that may have broke them down. Prune out (or if necessary) saw off the broken branches as soon as possible with a nice smooth and straight cut so the plant can heal itself more quickly.
  • # 5 – Start Composting. Also keep in mind this is a great time of the year to start your own compost pile if you don’t have one going already with all the dead leaves and partially decomposed rich organic matter being removed from you beds. This compost you can eventually put back into your garden after it breaks down to add essential nutrients back into the soil.
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