Gardening season is right around the corner – the question is, are you ready for it? Whether you’re planning to install new landscaping or simply freshen up your existing gardens, now’s the time to start planning for the busy spring growing season.
But before you load your wheelbarrow with topsoil and tools, stop and think for a minute. Every gardening pro knows that there are some very specific rules for the early months of spring gardening. Here at Bluewater Borders, we call them the 10 Commandments of Spring Gardening. So, before you start installing garden edging products, repeat the following:
1) Work the soil only after it’s had the chance to dry out. Digging, tilling and even walking across heavily saturated soil could seriously damage the structure of your soil. Plants find it very difficult to grow in compacted soil, so tread lightly during rainy spring days.
If you simply can’t control your urge to garden, consider using raised beds to dry out your topsoil.
2) Take the time to clean up debris. Before you start tackling your new garden design, take the time to remove and compost any dead annual plants that may have remained over the winter. These will not return and any self-seeding varieties will have done their job by now. You’ll also want to take some time to prune back any perennials that you may have missed last fall.
3) Spread mulch. Once you’ve removed any old growth and debris from your lawn it’s time to bring on the mulch. A thick layer of mulch, preferably six centimetres deep, will help keep weeds at bay and improve the water retention of your flowerbeds.
4) Know your zone. Some plants just won’t grow in your plant hardiness zone, so stop fighting with your garden. On a scale of 0-8 where 0 is extremely harsh and 8 is extremely mild, London, Ontario ranks as a 6a. As such, you can start planting cool season plants as early as March.
5) Maintain a compost pile. Compost is a great way to introduce important nutrients and organic materials into your garden. Spring is the perfect time to revive your pile or start a new one from scratch.
6) Pay attention to hardscaping. From your patio to your decorative garden edging, now’s the time to clean up your space. Power wash and sweep any sidewalks, ledges, and edging to remove caked on dust and dirt.
7) Get your order in early. Early spring is the prime time to order seeds and book your decorative landscape curbing installation. Remember to order early, as the best selection of seeds tends to sell out quickly.
8) Stock up the tool shed. Take some time to clean, sharpen and repair your arsenal of gardening tools. If you need to replace anything, now’s the best time to hit the local hardware store.
9) Plan out your garden. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planting a vegetable garden or a beautiful flowerbed, now is the time to sit down and plan out your design. Members of the installation crew at Bluewater Borders highly recommend starting a gardening log or diary. This way next year when you sit down to plan your garden you can easily reference what plants worked where.
10) Create a clean edge. Edging is an important part of any spring garden clean up. A crisp edge makes a garden look polished and it helps prevent your lawn from creeping into your flowerbeds. Let Bluewater Borders show you how garden edging products can add a little extra polish to any of your outdoor spaces.
Get ready for spring with help from the London, Ontario garden edging experts at Bluewater Borders. Call to book your spring garden curbing consultation today.