If you are anything like me – and millions of others – you can’t wait to get out into your garden and start digging, cutting, pruning, planting and doing whatever needs to be done to make it best ever. Here I am sharing my To Do checklist with you – hope it will help you and motivate you!
Spring Gardening Checklist:
- Start annuals, tomatoes and peppers from seeds indoors
- Start your summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, cannas, etc. indoors by potting them and setting them up under lights until after the last frost date
- In your garden, clean up your flower beds, picking up fallen branches, twigs, dead plants and other winter debris
- Prune deciduous trees and shrubs – but not the ones that flower of run sap in the spring
- As soon as you can work the ground, you can plant hardy cool-weather plants like onions, cabbage, radishes, sweet peas and leeks.
- You can also spray scale-infested trees and shrubs with dormant oil before their leaves show up.
- Put slow-release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines – that includes clematis, roses and rhododendrons
- And start pulling out weeds as soon as they appear in your garden
- If you have hydrangea in your flower beds, cut it back all the way to the ground
- Spread compost on beds and start adding kitchen scraps and yard waste to your compost bin to start a new batch of compost
- Divide mature perennials and replants them into other places
- Install a rain barrel to collect run offs from eavestroughs and to have water to use watering your plants
- Don’t plant your tomato and pepper plants until soil temperature reaches 17C
- To clean up spring-flowering perennials, cut them back once they finish flowering
- It is a good idea to pinch back seed heads on plants like rhododendron and azaleas – it will leave the plants energy to grow better.
- Fertilize daffodils, crocuses and tulips after they finish flowering – your bulbs will be stronger and will flower beautifully next spring.
Please add your comments, suggestions and tips – your input is as always very much appreciated!