Ah, spring – time of flowers, aromas, and beautiful colors. We just love the look of our gardens when the colorful petals adorn our yards with vibrant colors and lushing designs. It is just mesmerizing to contemplate the result of our efforts to prepare our garden for this glorious moment.
If you are not sure what it is that you need to do to get your yard ready for spring, do not worry. We will briefly take you through the basic steps to make your kind of gloomy green yard become a rainbow of colors, butterflies, and bees for the spring. But you need to prepare during the cold winter and it is definitively no easy task.
Ready? Set. Go!
Prepare Your Soil
The first obvious step. Now, remember that a true gardener does not feed the plants but feeds the soil. So, preparing the soil for the springtime is pivotal to welcoming the season with a grin and a job well done. It is important to maintain soil fertility.
Probably the first thing you need is topsoil and compost. They are not really the same thing. An expert landscape designer weighs on the difference between compost and topsoil. He says that topsoil is the soil on top of your garden and that the truth, you already have. Compost, on the other hand, must be prepared with fully rotted organic material with enough nitrogen to guarantee the matter to rot even more, releasing the necessary nitrogen for the plants.
Keep the soil busy and with crops. A soil devoided of plants and their roots is an eroded one. So make sure that the roots are there to exude nutrients to the soil in preparation for spring.
Clean Out The Weed
Do not let the weed take the best out of the nutrients in your soil. Clean them out as soon as possible and prevent them from adding more weed to your soil. Failing to do this will double your efforts to get rid of weeds during the flowering season.
Dig out the roots of the problematic weed. Be careful to remove all plants with seeds in them. Otherwise, they can fall in your soil and make your spring gardening a nightmare. While you are at weed cleaning, you can take advantage of the work to make some tilling, which also helps oxygenize the soil.
Start Adding Organic Matter
Organic matter is any living organism that we can exploit to provide nutrients to the soil. Remember that we need to feed the soil. The best sources of organic matter to nurture your soil are chopped leaves and compost. You should start adding them now in winter. Add generous amounts of compost to your garden beds.
Collect those leaves from the ground right away. If you do not have leaves of your own, collect from the curb or from your neighbors. Shred the leaves manually or with a mower. Dig in these shredded leaves into your beds for them to decompose. Decomposed leaves can act as mulch during the winter. This helps the soil stick and prevents erosion.
The Cover Crops
You do not want your soil to stay idle during the winter. Otherwise, your soil could be devoided from necessary nutrients. These crops keep the nutrients running through their corresponding cycle, prevent erosion, and protect it from the fierce winter. When they dig deep into the soil, they add nutrients to the soil.
A crop easy to plant and remove is rye. No, it will not become weed later. To avoid this, use annual rye and prevent the grass from going to seed and you should be fine.