How to Prepare Your Large Garden for Spring

Do you have a large outdoor garden that’s been lying fallow all winter long? Now that springtime is approaching, it may be time to go back and prep the garden for an idyllic spring season. Your tractor landscape rake, garden hoes and specialized gloves are just waiting for you to start gardening again! Before you start stocking up on new supplies, fertilizer and pieces of equipment like a grapple attachment for bucket and more, it’s important to understand the key components of reviving your garden as the warm weather approaches. Here are some of the areas you should make sure to cover.

Order Your Seeds and Clean Up Current Flower Beds

Before you can begin planting again, your flower beds have to be in good shape and you have to have the new batch of seeds on hand. Start caring for your flower beds now by pulling out weeds, getting rid of dead growth and replacing or re-fertilizing the soil as needed. Once the flower beds are prepped, you can start ordering new batches of seeds or bulbs. Some ideal flowers to plant in the springtime that will blossom in the summertime include:

  • Daffodils
  • Lilies
  • Hyacinths
  • Primroses
  • Gladioli

Acquire New Equipment for the Upcoming Season

Even if you have a decent amount of gardening equipment already, depending on what you hope to plant this season, there may be some pieces, like a skid steer root rake, that you don’t yet have. Now is the ideal time to shop around for any new equipment you might need, so that you’ll have enough time to order it and learn to use it before springtime rolls around.

Deep-Clean Your Greenhouse Space or Focus on Fencing Maintenance

Many people opt for more protected types of gardens, such as greenhouses or fenced-in areas, in order to keep their plants safe from wandering animals like deer or squirrels. Since you’ll soon be putting your garden to good use, now is the time for a little (early) spring cleaning. If you have a greenhouse, spend some time scrubbing dust off the panes, disinfecting the place, getting rid of excess algae or moss that may have grown in during the past months and prepping pots for new plants. While you’re there, be sure to check for any cracks in the windowpanes or other areas where heat could potentially escape, compromising the indoor climate. If you have an outdoor garden that’s fenced in, now is the time to perform a little maintenance work on that fencing. Fix any holes, replace old or rotting sections and make sure the structure is still sturdy enough to stand up to intruding animals.

Getting your garden ready for the springtime after a long and fallow winter can feel like a significant challenge, no matter how much specialized equipment you have on hand. It’s possible to quickly whip your garden into shape, however, by doing a little prep work when the temperatures start to heat up. Make sure you cover these key areas and your garden will be all set and ready to blossom once again!