10 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for the Spring Season
- Pull those weeds.
- Prune the summer-blooming flowering shrubs.
- Fertilize the beds.
- Inspect trees and shrubs for winter damage.
- Rake off or trim any winter-killed, brown leaves from last year’s perennial flowers.
- Divide perennials.
- Rake matted or excessive leaves off the lawn and out of groundcover beds.
How do I get my garden bed ready for spring?
Spring Garden Preparation Checklist.
- As important as the right plants are, they can’t do ALL the work for you.
- Get your shed in order.
- Clear out weeds, mulch, and debris.
- Prepare the soil.
- Set up new planters and garden beds.
- Divide perennials like Daylilies.
- Early Planting.
How do I fertilize my garden in the spring?
Broadcast Fertilizing: When you’re preparing the bed for spring planting, apply a complete fertilizer — such as 10-10-10 — evenly to the entire garden according to the soil test recommendations. Do not overfertilize. A hand spreader helps keep the job neat as it distributes the granules.
How do you prepare a flower garden?
Make a new bed by digging:
- Remove grass or other existing vegetation with a flat spade or kill with a glyphosate herbicide such as Roundup.
- Spread two or three inches of organic matter, well-rotted manure, leaf mold (composted leaves) or compost, over the bed.
- Turn soil.
- Cut existing grass at your mower’s lowest setting.