Spring has come to Michigan, even if it does snow again (let’s hope that it doesn’t). With the Coronavirus pandemic causing many people to be home more than usual, this is a great time to get your garden in order. Due to the lockdown orders, there have been strict rules about how gardening stores can sell seeds, plants, and gardening tools. Here in Michigan, those rules have been relaxed, so get out there and get what you need!
There are some steps you should take to get your garden all ready and clear of pests for the season. Keep reading to learn our top tips for flower bed and soil prep.
1. Order Your Summer Flowers
The quicker you get on the ordering, the quicker you can get them into the ground. Look online for inspiration. We recommend flowers like lilies or ranunculi.
2. Tend to Your Flower Bed
Spring cleaning also applies to your garden. Take a day to get rid of leaves, debris, branches, and any other random thing that is in the way. Trim bushes or trees in or near your flower bed. Cut everything you don’t need down to the bare soil to start fresh. Make sure to send your weeds out with the yard waste instead of composting them (which will return their seeds to the soil).
3. Get Rid of the Garden Pests
With the cold days we have had, you may still have some hibernating pests. Get rid of any you find. Be on the lookout for slugs and snails around any perennial plants you have. Look for any white larvae which feed on old plants and plant roots. If you find more than a handful, call in the experts at Independent Lawn Services for a thorough pest control sweep.
4. Clean and Prep Your Gardening Tools
Over the last season and the cold winter, your tools could probably use some attention. The more you take care of your gardening tools, the less you will need to replace them. This attention will end up saving you money over time. Make sure to scrub and dry your tools thoroughly. Sharpen your tools, and don’t forget to add some oil to the moving parts.
Call in the Props for the Big Projects
There you have it, the steps to get your garden ready for the season. Once you have taken those steps, you may realize you need some extra, professional help. Contact our team at Independent Lawn Services for fertilizing, pest control, and other expert lawn care service.