Spring is just around the corner now and with what has been an unusually warm winter in Texas, March is the perfect time to start prepping your garden for those early blossoms. It’s time to start clearing away any damage the fall and winter seasons might’ve brought and give your garden a little TLC. Here is a quick checklist of how you can begin to prepare your garden:
First, you’ve got to get rid of the old to make room for the new! This means you need to break out those gardening gloves and get down to the dirty work by removing leaves, branches, or any other debris that may be lingering in your gardening beds. This is also the time to pull out those pesky weeds as well.
Clear Out The Critters
Next, you’ll need to rake through the soil in your garden beds and look out for any pests that may have invaded. It’s important to then treat any infestations with either an insecticide or an alternative natural remedy, whichever you may prefer. Also, any home improvement store should be able to advise you on some options depending on what the issue may be.
Let The Soil Breathe
The success of your garden all lies within the soil. If you plant too early, any ice or water leftover from winter weather could potentially drown your bulbs. This could suppress them from receiving the oxygen and aeration they need in order to flourish. However, to prevent this from happening, you need to turn over the soil. You can also loosen up any clumps in your garden beds to ensure all the soil has a chance to fully dry before anything is planted.
Give Your Garden Nutrients
Like any other living thing, plants require the proper balance of nutrients to grow and thrive. To have happy plants, it might be a good idea to check out the soil’s pH level before planting. Soil tests can be purchased from any home improvement store. Be sure to buy the correct test for your specific variation of soil, as they are not all the same.
Now you should be on your way to a happy, healthy, and beautiful springtime garden! For some more advice, check out our other blogs. You can also follow us on Facebook to keep up with gardening tips and tricks.
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