The snow has officially melted, and warmer temperatures are being sung by weathermen everywhere. Spring has officially sprung, and as the soil begins to soften, stores are preparing with isles upon isles of garden tools, soil, flowers, and decor to welcome gardeners with open arms after a long, chilly winter.Preparing your garden for spring is an exciting time. This is a time of hope and anticipation as you are about to lay the groundwork for months of care and nurturing to create something beautiful, that will reflect your skills, style, knowledge and ability. If this is your first garden, or you consider your skills to be novice, it is important to know that trial and error are a part of the process, and that as long as you ask for help, read directions and research tips from other gardeners, you will likely produce a garden that will instill in you a sense of pride and accomplishment as well. No matter your level of expertise, beginning the process this spring generally looks the same for all. Follow this guide to make sure your garden is ready and waiting for a season filled with beautiful blooms, birds and bee’s. Prepare Your Tools For The Season – Ensuring your tools are ready, sharpened and available for the season is a good way to begin. If there is anything you need, now is the time to buy and replenish your stock. Clear Weed and Debris – Once the snow melts away, you are left with the remnants from the last windy fall days or old weeds that you may not have got around to removing before the first snowfall. Take this time to remove these weeds and debris and clean your gardens up. Spring Pruning – Spring is a great time to do some pruning on your trees and shrubs. It is important to check first to see which needs pruning, and when. Plants like the Clematis and Trumpet Vine are generally pruned in Spring, where Lilacs generally wait until after flowering. Prepare the Soil – Once the debris is cleared and the frost has lifted, making the soil soft, you can begin to prepare the soil in your garden beds. Add a layer of fresh compost for enrich your soil with nutrients and to improve its overall texture. Divide Perennials – Perennials can get bigger and bigger each year, taking up unwelcomed space in your garden. Now is the time to divide the plants to ensure your garden doesn’t become overwhelmed with one or two massive perennials. Additionally, now is a great time to trade plants with other gardeners and improve the variety on your garden bed! No matter your expertise when it comes to gardening, the activity itself can be a really great way to destress, unwind, and have fun. The hobby can invoke a sense or nurturing and give you something that you can be really proud of year-round. If you haven’t started a garden yet, there is no time like the present; Start your spring off this year creating a beautiful flower bed and enhance the curb appeal of your home today
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