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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Winter is coming and we have some tips on how you can prepare for those freezing temperatures!
Remove the Dead and Dying
Although fall isn’t the time to prune, because it encourages growth when healthy plants should rain dormant, you shouldn’t shelve your shears and loppers yet. Fall is the time tidy up your landscape before putting it to bed for the cold sets in. If you remove dead landscaping in fall, you don’t have to worry about looking at it all winter.
Remove Annual Plants for Winter
Remove such plants as dead annuals, deadhead spent blooms and cut back dead and desiccated ornamental grasses and perennials. Lightly prune dead and dying branches from your shrubs and trees. Not all plants are capable of growing during the winter, regardless of how much attention you pay them. However, you can transplant them into pots, and then move them inside until spring.
Cover Vulnerable Plants
Are you worried that your existing plants might sustain injury during the cold winter months? Well, you can always cover them for another barrier of protection against these temperatures. And on exceptionally cold days, you can use a special frost protection fabric to cover your plants.
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Winter is coming and with it comes low temperatures, frost and even snow! Your yard might be at risk, but no need to worry! Check out these tips to prepare your yard.
Contrary to what many may believe, fall mulching is better for plants than spring mulching. Fall mulching helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during cold and dry winters. Simply spread about 2 or 3 inches of fresh mulch around your shrubs and trees. Try to avoid using free mulch from municipal piles because they often contain disease spores. Instead, use hardwood shredded mulch.
Maintain Taller Grass
During the spring and summer months, there’s nothing wrong with mowing your lawn down to just 1-1.5 inches; but during the winter you should raise it. Cold winter temperatures can stress grass, potentially killing it if it is too short. Most varieties of grass work will with the general rule of thumb — keep your grass no shorter than 2.5 inches during the winter.
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Finally, fall is here. The weather is becoming slightly cooler, and gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after record-breaking heat this summer. Now is a perfect time to add a new tree or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape. Or perhaps you have an area in the landscape that needs ‘remodeling’ or rejuvenating.
The fall may be the best season to plant, surpassing even the spring. Many people prefer January through March for planting, but the autumn months of September through December have distinct advantages. Autumn planting follows the heat of summer, before a cool winter season, and trees and shrubs planted in the autumn use this to good advantage. Plant roots grow anytime the soil temperature is 40 degrees or higher, which may occur all winter in Texas. During the winter months, the root systems of the autumn-planted specimens develop and become established. When spring arrives, this expanded root system can support and take advantage of the full surge of spring growth.
Fall is the optimum time to plant balled and burlapped trees and shrubs. Balled and burlapped plants have ample time to recover from transplanting and proliferate roots before spring growth begins. Remember, however, all bare root plants, including roses and pecan and fruit trees, should be planted in late winter when they are completely dormant.
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