Your garden has probably been a barren place over the winter, unless you live in a moderate climate. Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to help your garden to recover from winter and prepare for blooms and beauty.
When the weather gets a bit warmer, you can plant your summer bulbs. These include canna, gladiolus and dahlia. Begin feeding your roses with a complete type of fertilizer. If you have spring bulbs blooming, cut the flowers and place them in warm water in a vase, so that you can enjoy them indoors.
Begin feeding your acid-loving plants like gardenias, rhododendron, azalea and hydrangea. Your lawn is hungry, too. Feed it with a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. This is also a great time to remove weeds before they have a chance to flower.
Prepare your vegetable beds for a time forthcoming when the soil will be warm enough for seeds to be sewn. Transplant any tender plants. As they begin breaking dormancy, you can plant bare root plants and trees. They have many growth hormones busy at work during the spring months. Plant them a bit above the line of the soil, and make sure to water them adequately.
Apply several inches of mulch a few inches away from shrub and tree trunks. This will reduce the evaporation of water, prevent weeds and buffer the temperature of the soil. Take cuttings of succulents, carnations, geraniums and roses and use them to start new plants.
Be sure not to prune plants that are sensitive to frost until all danger of frosty nights has passed. Some plants susceptible to frost include gardenia, hibiscus and Rose of Sharon. Potted plants that are sensitive to frost should be brought indoors. Once frost dangers have passed, you can prune the twigs and leaves on your outdoor frost-sensitive plants.