How to Achieve an Impeccable Spring Garden

Spring is finally here and you're excited to get started on your garden. There's no better time to start gardening than during the spring when new growth is just starting to appear. Conditions are great; winter has ended, the air is breezy, and the sun keeps away the chill. You need to work within the natural order of things and be prepared for all the possibilities. Plants may wither, weather may not be as cooperative as you'd like, and soil can be too wet or dry. Here are some things you should keep in mind to achieve your stunning spring garden.


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    Form a plan. Choose a nice spring day and take a walk around your gardens. Bring a notebook to make notes of what needs to be done.
    • Take note of emerging plants and weeds, perennials that need to be divided, trees and shrubs that need to be pruned. Make a list of messes that need to be cleaned up, over-crowded plantings, and bare spots. Once you've taken inventory of the things needing attention you can prioritize them and get to work.
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    Clean things up. Rake up any debris, twigs, and leaves that may be on your lawn or in your gardens. Use a light touch with your rake in the spring, because plants are tender at this time of year and could be damaged.
    • If there are bare spots in the lawn, sprinkle them with grass seed.
    • Remove tree guards and winter protection so your plants have access good air circulation.
    • Cut back any dead parts of your plants. Trim your shrubs, and prune your trees.
    • Divide your perennials. When perennial flowers are left to grow too long they get crowded and put out fewer blossoms.
    • Dig these up before they grow too much and chop them into two or more pieces.
    • Replant one of them in the spot you dug from.
    • Choose places to plant the rest of your new plants. Now you have even more flowers.
    • Fix or install trellises wherever they're needed.
    • Take advantage of rainy days to clean and sharpen your garden tools, go over your notes, and plan where things will grow.
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    Decide what you want to grow. You can grow your own herbs, vegetables, flowers, shrubbery, vines, fruit trees, or a combination of all of them.
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    Decide where your plants will live. Some plants like lots of sun, some like shade, and some really don't care. If a plant likes dry conditions, it's a good idea to avoid planting it in that low part of your yard where water accumulates in heavy rain.
    • If you want to build a flower or vegetable garden, now is the time to do it. Make a garden plan that includes shrubs, perennial flowers, annual flowers, and even think about what kinds of bulbs you want to plant for next springs blooms.
    • Think outside the box. For example, it's perfectly okay to plant your chives in with the flowers, they'll look pretty and save room in your vegetable garden.
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    Prepare your soil. Good soil is key to a healthy and vibrant garden. Identify the kind of soil you are working with, whether clay, sandy, silty, or hopefully loamy, which is a combination of all three.
    • Work your soil to a depth of about six inches 12 inches (30.5 cm) after applying any soil amendments such as compost, leaves, peat, sand, or rotted manure.
    • If you're gardening in hard clay soil, now is a good time to add some sand to help break it up so that roots can easily form. Good soil should crumble easily. The end of fall is the best time to start preparing your soil by digging in organic matter such as leaves, but it's okay to start now.
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    Start planting. Once your soil and seedbed are ready and your climate is past any danger of frost, you can start planting your garden. Some plants grow fast and some take years, some are more difficult to maintain, and some are downright easy. When planting, keep in mind the blooming times of plants so you always have some colorful flowers in all your gardens.
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    Create a composting area. If you don't already compost now is a good time to start. Compost is important to a healthy, vibrant garden. It provides nutrients to the plants and keeps improving the condition of your soil. Plus it's organic and good for the environment.
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    Maintain your garden. The fun doesn’t stop with planting and blossoms. Maintaining your garden is a year round activity. You'll need to prune shrubs, dead head flowers, pull weeds, water, and keep on composting. You can reward yourself by bringing a nice fresh bouquet of flowers into your home.
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    Add some finishing touches. Use some attractive garden art for accents, place garden benches where you can enjoy them, and create inviting outdoor living spaces that will allow your family to really enjoy your garden. Maybe you'd even enjoy some type of water element.


  • It's easiest to pull weeds when they're still small. Try to get the roots too, and never let them go to seed.
  • Be vigilant in your composting. Put all of your fall leaves in the pile, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and other organic matter, and be sure to turn your pile often to keep it active. You'll be glad you have that compost for your gardens.
  • Keep a balance in your compost pile; about half fresh material to about half dead. If you find you have way too many grass clippings you can balance it out by adding some shredded paper and turn it with your garden fork.
  • Include the kids when you're gardening but keep it fun. Teach them whatever they're open to, but don't force it. If they just aren't interested, let them opt out so they don't develop a hatred for it. If they like gardening, they can be a big help.
  • If you have kids, try having them grow gourds. Kids love growing gourds and you can look on-line to find fun crafts they can do with them in the fall.
  • Nurture your child's interest in gardening by letting them press some blossoms to make their own cards or even a picture to frame for their bedroom wall.


  • If you have young children be aware that some plants are poisonous. Do your research so your little one doesn't end up sick or worse.
  • Never put meat or other animal products in a compost pile. It will attract vermin and smell bad.
  • Never use manure from a carnivore like a dog or cat. You could get sick from parasites.

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