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3 Tips For Preparing Your Yard For Spring Planting

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring is only a short time away. Soon you will be finishing up all the indoor projects in your custom home and moving your attention to your yard as you’ll be planting beautiful flowers and vegetables. Before you start putting one flower or vegetable seed in the ground, you will want to prepare the yard so the plantings grow lush and full.

3 Tips For Yard Preparation

1: Start early

Your preparation should actually start in the Fall. It is during this time when you can stake out where you want the plants, loosen the soil, mulch the area, and let the yard rest over the winter so it is ready for spring. If you can’t do any preparation in the Fall then do it in the Spring after the threat of frost is over.

2: Loosen the soil 6-inches to 8-inches deep

Before you dig into the ground, ensure the soil is dried out from winter. Soggy ground will compact and dry into large clods that will become harder to break. Do the simple clump test by picking up the soil and making a fist. If the soil clumps together into a mud ball, it is still too wet to prepare. After it dries out, loosen the soil as you are aerating (getting oxygen) into the yard that will help the plants grow.

3: Add nutrients

Plants need the right pH balance and nutrients to grow. Compost, fertilizers and organic mulches such as leaves will add the right mixture of nutrients. Mix these up into the soil and begin setting your plantings for a beautiful flower bed or spring garden. If you are worried that your soil isn’t getting the right amount of nutrients, you can always perform a soil test. These tests are available at your local home improvement store as you can see what the pH balance is in the yard and get the right fertilizer.

Enjoy Your Spring Plantings

You have a beautiful custom home, so you should have a beautiful yard. By taking these simple steps to prepare for the spring planting, you can grow healthy plants year after year. Show off your wonderful yard to the neighbors who will be jealous and ask for tips on how they can improve their own yards.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com