How to Prepare Your Flower Bed for Spring
Cut Back and Prune
The first task to do is to cut back dead stems. Spring is a great time to cut back any dead materials that you left in place over the winter. If no new growth is appearing through the ground, cut the dead stems as low as you can. This will make it easier for the new growth to come to the surface.
If the materials comes out easily, pull as much away from the new growth as possible. Make sure you allow exposure to the plant. If the dead stems or old growth have flopped over, gently give the material a tug to remove it. We recommend pulling or tugging for the following, as it easier than cutting:
The following woody perennials require pruning in the Spring to maximize growth, as they produce new blooms from existing branches:
- russian sage
Make sure to prune just above the new growth. Other evergreen perennials, such as coral bells, keep their foliage through winter. Therefore, just cut the damaged leaves and the plant will begin producing new foliage shortly.
Rake Debris from Your Garden
After cutting and pruning, you can gently rake your garden as long as the ground is not frozen or too wet. Rake off any leaves, branches and debris that may have settled onto your garden soil during winter.
If there are any weeds, this is an ideal time to weed your garden before applying compost, fertilizer and mulch.
When to Compost, Fertilize and Mulch
Once you clean all of the debris and your flower bed is ready, add a layer of compost. Compost is ideal for feeding your plants as they grow throughout the season. After laying compost, you can apply a granular fertilizer, preferably on a day before a gentle rain. Rain assists in breaking down the fertilizer as it slow releases into the soil.
You can use a fertilizer that is either 10-10-10 or 10-15-10. The first number is nitrogen, the second number is phosphorus (phosphate) and the last number is potassium (potash). These ingredients are all essential to the happiness of your plants.
Use a conventional spreader or make your own to spread fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer around the base of the plants that are appearing to prevent plant stems and foliage from ‘burning’. However, make sure it does not make direct contact with the leaves.
These just a few tips on how to prepare your flower bed for spring and spring cleanup. Agscapes Landscaping offers landscaping services for flower beds to ensure they brings growth and aesthetic to your property. Contact us with the link below for more information or to get started on your spring gardening and landscape today!