'Spring' into Gardening this Year

February 9, 2017

Depending on where you live, spring takes place at different times of the year. In milder climates, spring-like weather may show its face as early as the beginning of March: quite a bit earlier than in colder climates. Regardless of when spring officially starts, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare your garden for the entrance of milder weather.

 

Energize the Soil

After a long winter, the soil in your garden needs to be replenished with vital nutrients that will help plants grow. Add moisture and nutrition to your earth by investing in a fertilizer or adding organic nutrition like compost or manure to your soil. Adding fertilizer and composts boosts the overall health of your soil.

 

Pruning

Late winter or early spring is a perfect time to employ a few spring gardening tips to prepare your trees and bushes for a season of healthy growth. Spring is a great time for this because of the milder temperatures. One effective task is pruning your bushes: it stimulates growth. Clip your trees and bushes to improve the shape and to get rid of cross branches. It cleans your garden and helps it to grow unfettered by limited space and excess branches.

 

 

Forcing Branches

Forcing branches help young flower buds to bloom. Start by finding branches with flower buds on them that are a half inch in diameter. Cut them and put them in a bucket with a floral preservative in them. Make your own preservative by adding a tablespoon of Listerine or lemon-lime soda to a quart of water. You will soon see the flower buds become more colorful and begin to sprout.

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