Spring Planting Tips

April 17, 2014

Now that leaves have turned green, days are longer, and the skies are blue and balmy, the thoughts and daydreams of many homeowners are focusing on the upcoming gardening season. Whether you have basketfuls of freshly picked vegetables and berries on your mind or you’re more the type who wants to cultivate a thriving perennial border, it’s time to start getting that yard ready for spring.

3 Tips For Yard Preparation

1: Start early

Your yard preparation for spring planting should actually start in the fall. It is during this time when you can stake out where you want the plants for the new season, 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.

3 Tips for Spring Planting

If you’re among those who have recently purchased a custom home, this will be an excellent opportunity for you to build your yard your way from the ground up.

Placement Matters

Whether you’re intending on growing vegetablesflowers, or a combination of both, now is the time for you to find the absolute best spots so that your horticultural efforts will thrive. If there are existing trees in your yard, take notice of where they cast their shade, and plan on planting your sun-loving vegetables and flowers in these areas. If you’re dreaming of a little shade garden full of lushly verdant hostas and ferns, take note of where the shade falls your yard, particularly during the hottest parts of the day.

Preparing the Site

After you’ve chosen the site, or sites, that you want to use, it’s time to prepare the ground so that your plants will get off to the best possible start. Remove weeds and other assorted debris from the area. Then, spread four inches of good compost over the planting bed, and work it thoroughly into the soil to a depth of around 12 inches to allow plenty of room for roots.

Plant and Fertilize

Mid-spring is a great time to plant most varieties of both perennial and annual plants. However, if you live in an area that can get nighttime frosts up until June, it’s best to hold off on planting the more tender species until you’re certain that they’re safe from frost damage.

Because all plants have differing fertilizing requirements, make certain to research the needs of each of the plants that you have selected and provide nutrition for them accordingly.

Spring is also a great time to start a compost pile to use in next year’s garden.

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.