Springtime in the garden for many usually means staring out their window at a mess of three months worth of winter neglect and thinking, "Do we have to?". Unfortunately the answer is "Yes" but I am totally understanding of the dread. Even in my own garden, the fun part for me is NOT spending hours taking out nature's trash, but in the end I have my new, clean canvas to work on and that's the part I look forward to.
There are many benefits to doing a real spring cleanup. Here are a few to get you motivated:
1. Clean out the garden beds
Doing this will give you hope for the future and put your mind at ease. Any leftover annuals need to come out. Dead branches, leaves and any other unwanted organic matter on the ground needs to be removed. This will allow for better ventilation and removes hiding places for bugs and other critters. The debris needs to be composted to be used as organic mulch later.
2. Trimming and pruning
If you forgot to take of some things that needed to get trimmed last year, now could be the time to do it. Any dead branches or twigs that are on plants need to be removed. Getting rid of dead and diseased wood encourages new growth but be careful, some plants should not be trimmed or pruned this early. It is important to have someone who knows what they are doing take care of this stage.
3. Till the garden
The garden and soil need to be aerated for health. This is a good time to start adding organics for better soil conditions and increased plant growth and health.
I think that mulch is one of the most important things in a garden and I am always disappointed when I don't see any in a garden. Mulch retains water (to lower your water bills during the sprinkler months) and is healthy for plants, as you see in the wild. In nature, nobody comes along and removes all the leaves. Trees naturally "mulch" themselves for many reasons (ever see whats under a pine tree?) but I won't get into that now.
5. Plan ahead
Now is also a great time to plan for any new additions or changes you want to make to your garden this season. This is the year to do it! You've worked hard and deserve that garden you've always dreamt of...plus we wouldn't mind doing it for you!
Feel free to contact us with any other questions about spring cleanups that you might have.