As you await the arrival of consistent spring weather, this is the perfect time to figure out what you want to do with your garden so that you are prepared once the weather is right. Here are a few tips to give you the best looking garden around.
1) Tidy up your flower beds: This involves pulling weeds that have sprouted up, along with removing any debris that has gathered in these areas, like branches and leaves. If you have a lot to clean up, try doing it in stages to break up the work. Or, call us and we can do your spring clean up! Any of these leaves and other organic material can be thrown into a compost bin for future use. When composting, be sure to remove any weeds as they will germinate and cause problems later.
2) Prepare your soil: Tilling the soil first will aid in loosening the soil to make it more workable, but be sure that the soil is not too wet as this will create more solid soil once it has dried out. Additionally, be sure to add fertilizer, compost, or other recycled green waste to give your soil a boost of nutrients. If you are a coffee drinker, consider saving your coffee grounds to mix into the soil. This will both create less waste and assist in the growth of your garden.
3) Use cooking water: Speaking of coffee grounds, consider saving any cooking water to use for watering your plants. Once you have planted, using cooking water that was used to boil pasta, vegetables, or potatoes is a great way of adding back those vitamins and minerals that were pulled from the food during boiling. The most important thing to remember is to be sure that the water has cooled down before adding it to the plants.
4) Consider growing periods: Not all plants grow at the same rates. This is the time to figure out what plants you want to keep in your garden. If there are any that require a longer season, consider sowing them now indoors to establish good roots and help them get off on the right foot.
5) Move deciduous shrubs: If you have thought about transplanting any shrubs, like hydrangea or lilac bushes, this is the ideal time to do so while they are dormant. The keys to remember are to take as much of the root ball as you can, avoid windy days to not dry out the roots, place it at the same level in the soil as before, and be sure to water it well once it is in place.
Whether you are wanting complete help with your lawn and landscaping or just need some assistance in a certain area, be sure to contact Cuttin' It Close Lawn Care and Landscaping. We offer FREE estimates and would be delighted to help. Call us at 309.692.7400 to receive your free estimate.