Spring Gardening Made Easy!

Do you love gardening but always feel like you're doing something wrong? Maybe you have a "black thumb" instead of a green one? You're not alone. And we are here to help! Follow these simple steps below and you'll be off and running with a gorgeous spring garden in no time!

Early Spring

  • Cut back ornamental grasses, prairie-style borders and autumn-flowering perennials.
  • Prepare beds and borders for planting; weed and dig over the soil; add organic matter where appropriate.
  • Prune late-flowering shrubs, early summer-flowering clematis and roses.
  • Cut lavender hedges back.
  • Apply a granular fertilizer around shrubs, trees and perennials.
  • Sow half-hardy annuals indoors.
  • Pot up plug plants indoors.
  • Lift and divide established clumps of perennials.
  • Plant hardy grasses.
  • Regularly deadhead spring-flowering bulbs and bedding plants.
  • Repot Christmas trees.

Mid-Late Spring

  • Plant perennials, summer-flowering bulbs and pond plants.
  • Inside, plant Thai herbs.
  • Plant indoor hanging basket.
  • Sow hardy annuals directly outdoors; sow tender annuals indoors.
  • Sow vegetables and plant potatoes.
  • Sow a wildflower meadow.
  • Mulch the soil.
  • Start weeding.
  • Prune early-flowering shrubs and early clematis after flowering.
  • Stake herbaceous perennials.
  • Start mowing the lawn.

Any Time of Year

  • Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
  • Make a wooden obelisk.
  • Create a bog garden.
  • Dig out a pond.
  • Make a border and lawn edge.
  • Make a rose arch.
  • Check tree ties and loosen if necessary.
  • Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
  • Cut out dead or diseased wood.
  • Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.

Share your home gardening experiences with us! And don't forget to follow us on social media for more tips and tricks! And if you need hands on help with organizational tips, call us at 310.450.4488 or email us at DR@Advantage-RealEstate.com.

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