Before starting working on your spring gardening in April, some preparation would help if you want to start working on your garden as soon as possible. You do not want to miss the best days for planting because you were not ready.
Step 1: Clean Out Your Shed
Check your gardening tools and make a list of what you may need depending on the plants you will need to cut or plant. Make sure none of them are rusty. If they are, replace them. If your shed or garage are ready before the start of spring gardening, you will be able to finish planting bulbs and seeds on schedule.
Step 2: Buy new tools and order plants
Take the list you make while cleaning your shed and write down the plants you want in your garden. That will help you with the quantities to buy when in the shop. If you plan that in advance, you will also be able to save money in order to get better tools.
Better tools last longer than the cheap ones. One of the most mistake people make is in the non-preparation of their tools. If you do not want to end up with a machine that will not start or rusty blades, do not let them worn out completely and replace them or get them fixed. You still have time to sharpen your blade and scrap the rust or protect your steel with rust paint.
Step 3: Get ready to mow the lawn
Make sure your lawn mower is working. Whether it is electric or uses oil, check it is still working too and if the blades are still sharp. If you can, sharpen the blades. Otherwise, make a professional sharpen them. Make sure you have enough refill or recharge the batteries, lubricate moving parts if they squeak.
Step 4: Trim your trees and shrubs
Cut any dead branches, give a shape to your shrubs, making sure the harmony in your garden is preserved.
In this part, it is important to have sharp tools to make clean cuts on your plants. The cleaner the cut is, the easier your plant will heal from the cut. Do not hesitate to trim when there are to many branches. Your tree will grow more easily if it does not have to provide nutriment to a lot of branches instead of a few less. You will note a distinct growth if you do that.
Step 5: Yard clean-up
This clean-up step may be the one requiring the most hard work. Use a rake to collect all the dead leaves and branches as well as other gardening debris. The easiest would be to use a vacuum with a gardening bucket. It will save you a lot of pain and time.
If the debris are wet, try to dry them by spreading them in the sun so they will not grow mold while in storage.
Step 6: Make your own compost
Save money on compost and make your own. With all the debris that you will collect when cleaning it will provide you with the perfect matter. You can also start going greener by collecting any vegetable and fruits peel to put into your compost: saving money and helping the environment, isn't it a great way of life ?
You can either use a compost bin or make a compost pile in an unused part of your garden. Chop your debris to accelerate the decomposition and turn the mixture from time to time. Continue adding kitchen vegetable peels and cut grass to the pile all year-long.
You will improve your soil with your own compost and it is completely free.
Step 7: Prepare your seeds and plants
You can start growing small plants inside before taking them outside when the weather will be nicer. For spring time, perennials, trees and shrubs are best to plant so you can order them in advance.
Step 8: Prepare your soil
When planting time comes, clear the new beds by removing weeds and debris. Add a layer of compost and use a spading fork to mix it with the soil. This steps enrich your soil with natural nutriments.
Step 9: Plant
In April, you should plant bare-root trees, shrubs or perennials. The best time to plant them in your garden is a cool and cloudy day. You can transplant grown plants anytime except midsummer.
It is a good time to sow vegetables like lettuce and spinach. You can also get flower bulbs from your florist or seed provider.
Step 10: Fertilize
The last step is the fertilizing one. You can use a fish emulsion or your own compost. The best ones to use are the organic ones so you will keep your quality soil for a longer time.
If you follow these steps, you will be ready from your spring gardening and will have more time to prepare your splendid garden. Have you some special trick or recommendation for your fellow gardeners ? Share your experiences in the comment section.