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Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

April 12, 2021 3:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

The weather has been a little crazy this year already, but you still have time to prep the garden and yards of your homes in Chelsea AL to get the most out of them this spring and summer. A little maintenance and cleanup goes a long way in giving your greenery a chance to shine as brightly as the Alabama sun.

First off, if you have any winter protection set up, or stakes for young trees that have been in the ground for more than a year, now is the time to remove them for the season.

When it comes to leaves, you can leave the ones that blow up under trees, shrubs and perennials, as they can be mulched over if they’re not excessive. What you do want to remove are any matted leaves on the lawn or around evergreen groundcover beds so that everything can get as much sunshine as possible.

Now is a good time to tackle any weeds that are making an appearance. They should be easy to pull up before the ground gets too baked, but be sure you get the roots of any that seems to have really established themselves over the winter and definitely try to get them before they start seeding and spreading. A little extra work now should hopefully limit your weeding later on.

Next up, check your trees and shrubs for winter or storm damage. Trim away anything dead or damaged. You should also snip the tips of evergreens to give them a new lease on life after the winter cold, and also get rid of dead perennial leaves. Once you’re done, go ahead and fertilize the beds of your trees and shrubs and any perennials to give them a boost with the appropriate nutrients. If you see any perennials that have risen up from the ground a little over the winter, tamp them back down to protect the roots and maybe add a few inches of mulch to help them settle.

After you get rid of the dead ends on trees and shrubs, it’s time to prune your summer flowering shrubs. Typically, the end of winter to early spring is the best time to prune shrubs that flower from late June through fall. This includes plants such as smooth hydrangea, rose-of-sharon, St. Johnswort,  and crape myrtle. Because they bloom on fresh wood, you don’t have to worry about cutting off dead wood from last season. On the other hand, wait until right after flowering to prune spring-blooming shrubs, such as azalea, rhododendron, and forsythia.

If you have perennials that haven’t started to show new growth yet, but have gotten larger than you like, now is a good time to divide them. You can replant them; just make sure you do it right away and give them plenty of water. If you don’t want them in your own yard, give them to friends who might want them or use them for compost.

Finally, when the bulk of the spring cleaning is done, go ahead and edge your beds and potentially driveways and walkways. A clean edge makes everything look neater and it’s also helpful for when you apply mulch once the weather is consistently warm enough.

Depending on how many people are working, you can get most of this done in a day or a weekend. The end result will be fresh gardens in your homes in Chelsea AL, ready for all of those glorious blooms.

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