April 6th, 2020
Spring Gardening in Charlotte
After the harsh winter, it’s always a relief for homeowners to be able to get outside and get started on some long awaited yard work and outdoor projects. You and your garden will both be happy to see the sun, making seasonal lawn maintenance a more enjoyable experience than in the months before. As we spend more time at home this spring, there are many things we can do outside to get our gardens up to par, keep our hands busy, and plant the seeds for a beautiful bounty.
First, check for any signs of growth in your garden. Is a plant or shrub that you seeded last fall coming back to life? Some plants from earlier seasons might be poking their way out of the ground once the sun starts to shine. Take a foliage inventory and see what is naturally growing in your yard before planting more. Martha Stewart also suggests to give a good look at all of your hardscaped areas and check fences, steps, and pathways that may need repair due to freezing and thawing.
You must take care to prep your yard for whatever planting you’ll be doing this spring. Remove winter mulch that has lost its luster around perennials and prepare for a new layer. A fresh layer of mulch and/or pine straw can make a worn out yard look new again and it will create a nice foundation for whatever you plant around it. Be sure to clean any old leaves, dead plants, and other debris before planting new.
Spring is the perfect time to prune and trim the trees framing your property, too. Be sure to prune before buds begin to break into bloom and remember to prune any summer-blooming trees and shrubs before new ones grow. Pruning these trees, bushes, or shrubs will help promote plant health by removing the dead elements and allowing room for new natural growth to occur.
After winter, once the ground has thawed and the temperatures have risen, start adding new flowers and greenery to your home’s landscape. The earlier you do this, BHG says, the better. This way your trees and shrubs have enough time to grow new roots before it gets too hot outside.
Cool-season vegetables benefit most from cool soil, so plant those in early spring once the soil has thawed after winter. These vegetables include potatoes, artichokes, peas, and some lettuces. If planted now, these veggies should be ready to harvest by early summer just in time for cookouts and outdoor get togethers.
Better Homes & Gardens also says that halfway through spring, you’ll start seeing your spring landscape take shape. Your bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees will quickly start taking form and blooming into a colorful scene. Since by this time most of the annual clean-up labor has been done, it’s time to start adding any new plants to the mix. For some quick color, plant more cool-season annuals like pansies or snapdragons.
Once new growth starts to appear in your gardens, it’s a great chance to divide perennials. Transfer extra clumps into bare spots or give them away to friends, Garden Design suggests. Organizing a plant swap, socially-distanced this year, within your neighborhood or gardening club is a great way to experiment with new flowers or plants and make plans for any new additions for next year.
Much like a good spring cleaning after the winter season can freshen up your house, taking a similar approach to your yard work and gardens will help you get it back in shape for the warmer months. Following annual spring garden maintenance will create an outdoor space that’s filled with color, fragrance, and beauty!
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