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Spring Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening Tips

Last year saw a rise in gardening and this year that trend is expected to continue. Whether you are upping your curb appeal or have a full vegetable garden, here are a few tips to get you going this spring.

Let Your Plants Do the Work for You
When planted in the correct location perennials come back year over year with minimal care. Make sure to find plants for the zone, soil, light, and watering schedule. A local nursery would be happy to help or visit a local conservation garden for ideas on water-wise perennials.

Keep Weeds from Arriving
Many store-bought topsoils are not screened for weeds. Consider laying down a good compost to revitalized current soil. Good compost gets hot enough to kill any seeds while maintaining helpful nutrients for your plants. Lay down about 2-4”, enough to keep the current soil from getting any light.

Drip Watering for Gardens
Sprinklers help spread weeds because they can disrupt the compost or mulch. A drip system allows the water to flow below the surface and keeps any weeds that might want to pop up from getting any light.

Remove Weeds Before They Seed
When weeds do pop up, pull them out as soon as possible. If seeds are allowed to dry out they will get blown by the wind and start to spread anywhere it can take root.

Avoid Weed Barrier Under Your Garden
Weed barrier breaks down quickly and usually does not last long. Once it breaks down, it makes it difficult to remove and harms the soil in the process. Instead, cover a garden with 2-4” of mulch or compost, it does the same thing, but as that material breaks down it improves the overall health of the soil.

Container Gardening
Most plants only need about 12” of soil. Fill the bottoms of large containers with cheap filler or turn over your smaller empty pots to fill the bottom. Try using potting soil that is 50% Coconut coir. Coir holds about 10X its weight in water, slowly releasing it so it needs water less often.

Less yard = Less Mowing
Consider Localscaping® your yard. Determine how large of an open space is wanted and then make the rest into hardscapes, play areas, or gardens. Less grass usually means less watering and maintenance than a well-constructed water-wise garden, saving time and money in the long run.