Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Paul Zammit
Gardening Tips for a Fresh Start.
Spring always comes as a relief, especially for the eager gardeners among us. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get in the garden to produce the most beautiful blossoms and vegetables right in your own backyard. Here are a few tips to help any garden look its best.
Don’t Be Afraid to Prune.
As a general rule, summer or fall-flowering shrubs can be cut right now, leaving a few strong buds. This will result in new growth from the remaining buds on which this year’s blooms will be produced. For shrubs that flower in the spring, wait until after they have finished flowering before you prune. The goal in this case, is to produce strong new shoots which will set flower buds that provide colour the following spring.
Be careful how you step into your garden as the soil is often very soft and moist. To avoid compacting the soil and driving out the oxygen it needs, use a board to distribute your weight more evenly. After removing the board, gently cultivate the soil surface that the board was on to minimize any compaction.
Spring is a great time to assess your garden and look for spots that could use a splash of colour. Use these photos as a reference when you visit the garden centre or local plant sale. Better yet, take pictures of the garden from the same spot every week for later review and planning in the winter.
Increased rain makes the soil damp and loose which makes pulling and or digging up weeds a breeze (well, a little easier than in dry soil).
Refresh Your Containers.
Replant and freshen your container combinations with seasonal plant material.
Plant Summer-Flowering Bulbs.
Once the ground has warmed, plant summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolus, cannas and more. Consider starting bulbs in advance in containers indoors for a head start to the season.
Divide Your Perennials.
Spring is a great time to divide, regenerate and replant summer and fall-blooming perennials. Spring blooming perennials can be cut back and divided after they have finished blooming.
Visit Other Gardens.
If you’re looking for ideas, take a stroll around your neighbourhood or visit your local botanical garden for ideas on what’s blooming now and discover new plant combinations you could try in your own garden.
Now that you have all the tips to get your garden in tip-top shape, don’t be afraid to get down and dirty in your garden and start to get that green thumb going.
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