Spring garden maintenance is a prerequisite to a bountiful summer garden. We’re here to help you have your best season.
Just as you give your house a good spring cleaning, gardens love spring maintenance to recover from the cold, dry winter months. These spring garden maintenance tips will put your Virginia home on track to enjoy the season’s first blooms and summer bounty. If you’re preparing your garden for summer and want some help from the pros, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service, Inc.
How to get your garden ready for spring planting
Clean flower beds
Spring is an excellent time to remove any debris collected around your flower beds during the winter. Once clean, spring is also a great time to amend your flower beds with compost to replenish nutrients your soil may have lost during the winter. Your new plantings will thank you.
Divide and mulch fall-blooming perennials
Dividing a single perennial into multiple plants helps the plant to perform better since overcrowded plants compete for nutrients and water. Early spring is the perfect time to divide fall-blooming perennials since they will have the entire growing season to recover and establish before winter. Water the soil a day before you are ready to divide, and give plenty of water after you re-plant. Mulching your flower beds after you replant will provide a protective layer and help with water retention as the weather warms.
Prune trees and shrubs
Early spring is one of the best times to prune trees and shrubs since the plants are still dormant and preparing to produce new growth. If you plan to prune a spring-blooming tree or shrub, just leave enough buds behind to enjoy the show.
After you’ve enjoyed your tulip show for the season, remove spent blooms to give your bulbs a strong comeback next year. Deadheading flowers, once they are past their prime, keeps the bulb from going to see. Keep the foliage on the stem, allowing the plant to continue with photosynthesis and storing energy and food for the bulb underground. Caring for your bulbs after they bloom is one of the most important elements of spring garden maintenance, as it will save you from having to replant new bulbs for the following year.
Plant new trees, shrubs, and perennials
Spring is the best planting season, as planting in the spring allows for several months of growth before the ground freezes. Planting in the spring gives your plants a greater chance of taking root. Plus, planting in the spring means less maintenance for new plants in the form of watering and fertilizer, as the weather is still mild.
Professional spring garden maintenance
If you need help with this year’s spring garden maintenance, call Epling Landscaping and Lawn Service, Inc. Our team loves helping customers prepare for a gorgeous season of blooms and bounty. Located in Loudoun County, we have over 30 years of experience helping folks in Purcellville, Middleburg, Leesburg, Ashburn, and parts of Clarke County create the gardens of their dreams.