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Spring finally seems to have arrived! It’s warming up a bit and the showers have begun. While you might not quite be ready to start planting new flowers, you can definitely start prepping your garden beds. Here are some steps you can take now to get your garden ready for spring planting!
Clear Out Debris
Before you can start adding to your garden bed, you need to clear out all of the debris that builds up over the winter months including leaves, weeds, sticks and old mulch. Use a leaf blower or rake to clear out your beds and bag it all up before laying new mulch.
Prune Shrubs and Plants
Many plants will have dead growth that needs to be pruned away before new shoots can sprout. Your garden may look sparse after pruning back your plants, but it will grow back quicker than you think!
Edging your beds is an important step that many people skip before laying mulch. Once you’ve cleared away debris, use a shovel to dig a trench between your garden bed and any grassy areas or sidewalks. This will give your garden beds clean lines and prevent mulch from overflowing into unwanted areas.
Fertilize and Prevent Weeds
Before you put down mulch, you may want to treat your soil with fertilizer or some type of weed killer. There are lots of options on the market, including more natural or organic choices.
The last step in prepping your beds is to lay new mulch. The icing on the cake, a new layer of mulch will make your garden beds look fresh and clean. Don’t be tempted to skimp, you want your new layer of mulch to completely cover all areas of your garden bed.
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