6 Early Spring Garden Chores
The days are getting a little longer and the sun is starting to shine on our gardens! The ground is still a little too hard and cold to get our hands dirty, but there are a few chores we can do before the last frost so we're ready to get to work when it's time to plant. Here are 6 early spring garden chores you can tackle before the snow melts.
Sort Your Seeds
Figure out what you want to grow and where your garden is going to be. Not everything you like grows well together, so remember to plant strategically for a thriving garden. Knowing your companion plants (veggies and flowers that grow well together) now will save you a headache later when you're trying to revive plants that are suffocating each other later.
Start Your Seeds
If your last frost date is a long way off, you still should start growing seeds inside now. Some plants need 4 to 6 weeks of indoor growing before they can be transplanted outside. A Way to Garden has an excellent calculator that, based on your last frost date, determines when you should start seeds for your favorites so they'll be ready to transplant when the ground is ready.
Test Your Tools
Make sure you have all your outdoor equipment in order. Make sure everything is sharp and clean. This is the perfect time to replace anything that's worn out and order new gadgets to make your days in the garden a little bit easier.
Jack Frost turns our gardens upside down every winter, and every spring we have to undo the damage. Before you get to planting, clean up all the dead leaves and debris left behind by fall and winter. Not only will planting be easier, but it cuts the risk of disease and potential pest problems.
Nip And Tuck
Once all of the leaves and litter have been cleared out, you'll be able to see if there's any growth. Once there's a little bit of green, you can start cutting plants back and pruning trees.
Survey The Grounds
Make a list of the things you need to fix or replace before you start planting. Check the level of mulch in the garden and around your trees, and look for places where mice or moles may have made homes. Level the soil where pests have burrowed or plan to decoratively block any holes with stone or rocks.
Once everything is cleaned up and sheared, all you have to do is wait for the temperatures to rise so you can start digging. The Lakeside Collection has dozens products to help your garden thrive once the snow melts. From garden accessories to light up your yard to bulbs and planters, The Lakeside Collection has what you need to make your garden just right.