Monday, March 21, 2011

Get your Backyard Ready for Spring before the Buds Start Coming Up

1. Learn how to play in the cold, the rain and even the snow.
The onslaught of gardening catalogs arriving in the mail can be a welcome reprieve from dreary winter conditions, offering hope for the impending gardening seasons. But along with the promise of spring comes the inevitable amount of garden planting and maintenance chores. In just a few short weeks, growing season on your urban garden could be underway, speeding up the pace in your already busy life.

Rake out your beds before the buds come up so you don't risk damaging them.  You can also see which area of your garden you might want to fill in with more plants and you are ready to get your auto timer and watering equipment in place before it heats up.  

Spring beds are delicate and when it gets warm you they will need water.  My peonies are in an area of my garden where if they don't start to bloom before the trees fill in with leaves, they won't bloom at all.  I have to make sure they get enough water soon enough so the blooms open before it gets too shady.  
Go to your favorite garden center even when the weather isn’t perfect. There will be fewer people and shorter lines, and the staff will have more time to answer questions. Check out plants as they arrive for spring planting, and place flowering plants in different arrangements to figure out what you like. Making regular visits to get your gardening supplies and check out the latest gardening products will help you prepare for the upcoming season and save you some money.

2. Buy your gardening items early.

Now is the ideal time to look for great deals in local garden centers and home improvement stores. The product orders for 2011 are already coming in, and any leftovers have to move. Look for end-of-season clearance sales. The best deals will be on potting mix and fertilizers.

3. Talk to neighborhood gardeners.

This is one of the best ways to make your gardening season a little easier. Find out how other gardeners have used plant combinations. If they use something you like, make a note of it and consider how it would work in your garden. Don’t worry about feeling like you are copying someone else’s design idea. Gardeners are some of the most generous people, always willing to share. Everyone has time-saving tips they use to make gardening more enjoyable.

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty

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