Spring is here and it’s time to prepare the planting bed, the lawn and our gardens for a great summer of growth! Here are some spring preparation tips to get your lawn and plants off to a healthy start.
Clear the way for new plant growth. Any growth from last year needs to be pruned and cleared. Ornamental grasses need to be cut 3-5 inches from the ground and excess mulch removed from perennial plant areas to allow new growth. This is a great time to start a compost heap in a commercial compost unit or in a corner of your yard.
Prepare the ground. Use an organic soil conditioner to aerate and oxygenate the soil and increase nutrients to the roots of your plants. Add composted material, or another natural fertilizer like manure and rake into the soil. The same is true for container gardens; soil preparation is an important first step. The best way to ensure a healthy quick start to plants is a soil test. Purchase a home soil test or take a few soil samples to your county extension office or private lab. The same goes for the lawn. Give your lawn a great headstart with a natural lawn product that is kid and pet friendly and will increase root growth and help retain water producing a beautiful, healthy lawn your neighbors will envy. Try to stay away from toxic, chemical fertilizers that seep into our water sources. Read More