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How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too early to start preparing for the return of warm weather and the first shoots of new life in your garden. To help give your garden the best chance to thrive this summer, it’s important that you give it a good start through proper preparation in the spring. To ensure your garden is ready to put its best foot forward, here are a few tips to help you prepare your garden for spring.

HowtoPrepareYourGardenforSpring

Out with the Old

With all the dead leaves, dead plants, and other dead material on your garden, it’s almost hard to believe that it could bring life. That’s why the first step in spring garden preparation is to remove all the dead material so that the soil is revealed, once again. Of course, just because you remove the old material doesn’t mean it has to go in the trash can. This organic matter can be composted to make nutrient-rich fertilizer to allow your garden to thrive throughout the growing season.

Renew the Soil

The soil in your garden serves as the foundation for all that grows. It’s important that you prepare a solid foundation, then, by properly preparing and renewing the soil. Part of this renewal includes tilling the soil to break up its winter-hardened surface, loosening it up enough to allow new seeds to be planted. Additionally, this is a great time to add nutrients to the soil to ensure your plants can get off to a fast start. You can utilize compost or natural fertilizer for commercial use to set the stage for healthy plants and a healthy planet.

Start from Scratch

Before the growing season begins, it’s a great time to carve out any new gardens that you have planned for this year. Hardware stores will be receiving more and more gardening supplies as the weather begins to warm, meaning you can get an early start on your garden renewal and expansion plans. You may even be able to score big discounts on clearance-priced merchandise that is leftover from last year.

Spread Your Mulch

The finishing touch to spring garden preparation is new mulch. The rich color of new mulch can help any garden look completely renewed. Your best bet is to purchase new mulch instead of using mulch that has been sitting in your shed all winter, as this mulch may not have been able to breathe properly, leading to the growth of mold that could harm your plants. Be sure to put a healthy layer down over your entire garden, as mulch is crucial to retaining moisture and nutrients in the soil.

Sit Back and Relax

Once your spring garden preparations are done, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of your hard work. By getting an early start on this process, you’ll have more time in the summer to take care of the small details, ensuring an abundant and successful garden. This success will lead to further motivation to continue your hard work in the future.

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Author Bio:   Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

 

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