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3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Garden Come Springtime

Productive gardening requires that you plan ahead to provide the best conditions for your plants to thrive. The arrival of cold weather doesn’t mean your tasks are over. A few measures can provide healthier soil and better growing conditions for the next season. These actions can help your spring plantings to get off to a good start. Here are three easy steps you can take to ensure a healthy, productive garden for the coming year.

Clean Up Garden Areas

Avoid leaving the remains of your previous season in the soil. Remove dead plants, leaves and debris from garden beds to prevent insects and diseases from making a home over the winter. These leftover items can deteriorate over the winter, providing food for pests and enough warmth to allow pathogens to languish during the cold weather. When you remove old growths and weeds, you deny these pests the conditions they need to survive, waiting to attack the next year’s tender plants.

Till Garden Soil Gently

Before the winter snow and ice begins to harden garden soil, give a gentle tilling with a rake or turn over the surface with a shovel. This action will help to bring fresh soil to the surface, in readiness for planting in the spring. This also helps to avoid the need to till wet soil extensively for spring planting.

Add Soil Enrichment for the Coming Year

The end of summer is also a good time to add soil enrichment such as lime, compost or humus. Organic matter is not immediately available for plants, so settling it into the soil in the fall allows it to break down in readiness for spring planting. You might also want to do a soil test to determine any nutrients that are lacking in your soil after the growing season. You can help to keep the soil clean and free of debris by placing a thick layer of mulch on the surface, available from your local residential mulch services company.

The actions you take at the end of the growing season can help ensure a good harvest in the year to come. Along with saving any seeds you might want to keep, taking cuttings to propagate and digging up cold-tender bulbs, take these three steps to make your next garden season healthier and more nutrient-rich for the next year. You will find it easier to grow a healthy crop of vegetables or flowers with fewer problems.

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Author Bio:  Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

 

 

 

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