Spring gardening across the United States varies from region to region. However, gardening in the Pacific Northwest has numerous advantages—fertile soil, copious amounts of rain, and mild seasons.
Use these tips to ensure that the required spring preparation is completed and that your garden is in tip-top shape this season.
- Start by getting your garden ready for the upcoming months. Remove any leaves and debris that have accumulated over winter. For easy removal, use a rake, and place debris in a large brown paper bag.
- Search for early-flowering perennials that can add a splash of color to your spring garden. Flowers like candytuft, basket-of-gold, primrose, and bleeding hearts all bloom fairly early.
- In early April, apply an organic pre-emergent weed killer to your beds. However, be mindful not to use it when you plan to plant seeds.
- Prune spring-blooming shrubs once their flowers have faded. Be sure that you don’t postpone pruning too long; otherwise, you’ll be cutting into next year’s blossoms.
- Once the danger of frost has passed (typically by end of May), plant tender summer bulbs—such as gladiolas, cannas, and dahlias—outdoors.
- When it comes to fertilizing, it’s best to wait until after plants have emerged and have been growing for two weeks. You can then scratch the fertilizer lightly into the soil.
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