7 Spring Gardening Tips

May 14, 2012 in Life

Spring is finally here! And almost everyone at Upper Canada Soap is rolling up their sleeves and diving into their garden … except for me. To be honest,  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  However, there are many benefits to having a garden. Gardens are gorgeous, and you can even grow your own organic vegetables for those delicious summer salads. So, for those out there who aren’t as knowledgeable about gardening, I’ve surveyed UCS Headquarters and came up with 7 easy tips on how to get garden ready for the Spring.

 

 

1. Get Your Tools Ready

Before you tackle the garden, make sure that you have all of the tools that you need. Make a checklist and ensure that you’re equipped with the right tools before you dive in with your “Green Thumbs.”

2. Buy/Order Plants

It’s all about colour on the runway, and the same should be taken into consideration when buying plants for your garden.

3. Clean Up the Yard

Roll up your sleeves and break out the leaf blower to get rid of winter foliage, then mow down your lawn. Any man will say that there’s nothing more beautiful than a freshly cut lawn.

4. Prune Trees and Shrubbing

Prune, prune, prune! Make sure to remove dead and damaged branches from woody plants. Trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea and roses.

5. Time to Plant!

According to Martha Stewart, try planting bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Sow seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach.

5. Fertilize

There are many types of fertilizers on the market. Some are tailored for a specific plant. Therefore, if you’re garden is full of roses, purchase a fertilizer that would best suit them.

6. Compost

If you don’t already do so, compost. Take the initiative to start a compost pile or get a compost bin. You’ll be doing the environment a big favour! Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. If you don’t have a bin, you’ll have to make sure to cover up your compost pile regularly so that it doesn’t attract ants and cockroaches.

7. Take Care of Your Hands!

Gardening can take a toll on your hands – especially if you don’t use gloves. Make sure to always moisturize to keep them soft and healthy. There’s nothing better than our Gardeners soap and lotion collection. Created for the avid Gardener, these products contain ingredients to keep hands looking like they’ve never worked a day in the garden!

Do you have any Spring Gardening Tips? Please feel free to share below!