Spring is in the air. This is the season you really get to enjoy those plants that you have worked so hard to nurture throughout the year. Not everyone has the greenest of thumbs, though, and sometimes, plants just do not flourish as well as you expect. With that in mind, here are five great tips for maintaining your plans this spring.
1. Trim Your Plants at the Right Time
Knowing precisely when to trim plants can be tricky and depend on a variety of factors. Be mindful that you want to avoid those unexpected freezes, so wait until the middle of April or even May. If you have plants that bloom, then you will also want to prune them as soon as they do in order to avoid interfering with flowers in the future.
2. Add and Maintain Mulch
Not using mulch is perhaps the biggest mistake novice gardeners make. The right amount of mulch keeps the moisture locked in, helps to maintain appropriate temperatures and even staves off diseases and weeds. Usually, about 1 to 3 inches is right. Add this layer early in the season, and build it back up should it break down below that level.
3. Mix Hardy Annuals with Your Bulbs
If you are like many amateur gardeners, then you have not planted enough daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and so forth to take up your space with the desired fullness. A great option to deal with that is to interplant hardy annuals. These will not disrupt the bulbs, and the result should look like something straight out of your favorite gardening magazine.
4. Continue to Clean and Revitalize
Many home gardeners will clean their gardens prior to spring and revitalize the soil and then, never do it again until next year. That can be a big mistake, and if you stay on top of it, cleaning out your garden and keeping the soil fresh does not have to be a major chore.
5. Treat for Garden Pests
Another common mistake is not to treat for garden pests until they are a problem. When those problems manifest in full, they can be difficult to deal with. Therefore, it is better to deal with them in advance and prevent them from ever occurring even if you have never had these troubles before.
More often that not, careful attention is the key. It is those times when you get busy with work or leave on a holiday excursion that problems tend strike. Try to keep a watchful eye on your plants at least every other day, and if you will be gone for a while, perhaps that person collecting your mail can take a quick jaunt around the property to see if anything is awry.