With spring around the corner, it’s a good time to begin getting everything ready for another excellent year in the garden. Here are a few ideas to help you bring your garden back to life quickly and effectively.
Order Your Seeds and Bulbs
It’s never too early to get your bulbs and seeds ordered so you’re all ready for summer flowering. What else sounds better on a windy and wet day than brainstorming about making the garden look good in a few months? Consider ordering the following types of flowers for planting in the early spring:
Take some time while you’re relegated to indoor life to look online for inspiration. Offline catalogues are also an excellent resource for finding the various bulb and seed possibilities to grow this spring.
Get Flower Beds and Borders Ready
As things thaw and a few warmer days appear, get outside and tidy up the yard. Get rid of leaves and debris from the flower beds and borders. You might get a head start by cutting back any herbaceous perennials or grassy dead growth immediately.
Bring back flower beds and borders to bare dirt. Make use of any cleared away dead organic matter by adding it to the compost bin or pile so it has time to begin breaking down. Don’t compost any weeds that you remove, however. They might germinate and cause problems for you later in the year. It’s better to add them into your brown bin or burn them.
Install a Gabion Wall
A gabion wall has many uses, such as:
- Adding a decorative touch to your garden
- Acting as a retaining wall
- Using it as an accent wall
- Putting it to use as a seating wall
Gabion comes from the Italian word for cage and any type of inorganic material can be held within its wire container. A gabion wall is economical, requires almost zero maintenance, is easy to install and will last a long time.
Your choice of materials for a gabion wall boils down to what you’ll use the wall or basket for. You can fill gabion baskets, for example, with pebbles, rocks or broken brick when using it as a retaining wall. You might need to talk with a structural engineer if you plan to add a rather large structure. If you install it incorrectly, a gabion fence’s weight alone makes it possibly dangerous.
Plan your gabion wall well in order to keep safety at a premium, whether you’re using it for shading, soil reinforcement, safety, security or privacy.
Clean Out the Greenhouse
This is a great time to clean and wash out your greenhouse so it’s ready for the cuttings and seedlings of spring. Use detergent or disinfectant to get rid of all moss, algae or grime existing on the outside of the greenhouse. This removes any potential for pests to make homes while also allowing in more light once the growing months get here. Sweep out the inside and use disinfectant to prevent diseases.
Get Rid of Garden Pests
Inspect for and get rid of any hibernating pests before spring gets here. Doing it now will keep a lot of trouble away during the warmer months. Look for snails, slugs or aphid colonies living in your perennial plants. Inspect for white-vine-weevil larvae in any pots from last year that you forgot to clear out.
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist. She regularly produces content for a variety of moving blogs.