Use this Spring Gardening Checklist for a Pretty Landscape All Year

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As your garden starts waking up in Spring, it’s time to start planting, pruning, and prepping for the growing season ahead.

Early Spring

Though the official first day of spring is in March, gardeners often go by the weather to decide that spring has started.  Think of early spring as the time when temperatures begin trending upward and stay consistently above freezing if you live in a cold climate.

Clean up flowerbeds

Clear away dead leaves or any other winter debris from the soil surfaces where you’re planning to plant annual flowers and vegetables.  Remove protective winter mulch from around perennials and ornamental grasses and cut back last year’s dried foliage.

Add mulch around perennials

One of the easiest ways to make your yard look polished is to add a fresh layer of mulch around the garden beds.  This also helps the soil retain moisture and keeps down weeds. 


Prune trees and shrubs.

If you didn’t prune in winter, now is the time to trim your fruit trees.  Prune before the buds begin to break into bloom, or you’ll stress the tree and get a tiny crop (or possibly none).  It’s also a good time to prune evergreen trees and shrubs.

Perform basic maintenance on your hardscaping.

Check stonework for frost heaves, particularly in paths and edging.

Plant vegetables.

Hardy, cool season vegetables, like potatoes, artichokes, peas, and some lettuces, germinate best in cool soil, so plant them in early spring, once the soil has thawed.  They should be ready to harvest by early summer. 

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