Your Spring Planting Plan Is Here

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Welcome to May! It’s time to start looking forward to all the amazing things spring and summer can bring to our outdoor world. If you’ve had gardening on your mind, the time to get started is now. It’s optimal time to get to work on your vegetable, fruit, herb, or flower planting initiatives. The pros at Spring-Green are passionate about all things that grow outside. Of course, we’re your neighborhood lawn care partners, but we’re all about gardening too. We know the weather is beautiful, and the time is right to get started. That’s why we’ve crafted this little beginner’s guide for you to check out as you plan out your spring garden this year.

5 Things That Should Be On Your Gardening Mind This May

  1. Get Familiar with Popular Vegetables, Fruit, & Flowers

May is prime time for gardening. Some vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs are best planted in later spring.Of course, many variables influence what choices you should make for your specific garden, but here is an overview of perfect options for planting in the month of May.

Fruits Honeydew Melon, Tomatoes, Raspberries

Vegetables Cucumber, Beets, Carrots, Beans, Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic

Herbs Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro, Thyme, Parsley, Basil

Flowers Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Primrose, Tulips, Camellia

2. Where to Begin?

Starting your spring garden can be the hardest part if you’re a newbie. Not to worry, though – follow these steps to get your garden growing in time for optimal enjoyment this summer.

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Start by answering a few general questions:

  • Which vegetables does your family love to eat?
  • If you’re planting flowers, what are your preferences?
  • What is your budget for your garden?
  • Are you looking for flowers that return on their own each year, or do you prefer to plant anew every spring?

Follow some general rules of thumb:

  • Avoid getting fancy for your first garden – start basic and build your way up to more complicated gardening once you’re comfortable.
  • Choose the areas of your yard for the garden wisely. Consider the sun coverage and exposure to other elements like shade, rain, and wind. You’ll also want to choose a level spot of land, avoiding slopes. If you have a large property, you may also consider a place that’s easy to eyeball and see how it’s working.
  • Do a thorough job of clearing away any debris, weeds, and roots from the ground on the area you want to plant.
  • Check out the health of your soil. Soil is one of the most important elements to the success of your garden. You can test the pH balance of the soil, and if needed, add nutrients in advance to get it garden-ready.

3. Explore What’s Best for You & Your Garden

Once you have a good sense of the garden generalities, it’s time to customize your plan for your plantings. You’ll need to define…

  • Size: How big will your garden be? This choice is variable to your space and preference but can influence what you choose to plant.
  • Location: Where will your garden be in your yard? This is a pivotal decision as you want optimal sun exposure for the specific plants you select as well as consideration for rain, weather, and soil conditions.
  • Geography: Some plants thrive in the south and warmer climates or only in the northwest of the United States. It may simply depend on where you are located on the map so make sure you research your plants’ best geography.
  • Time: The amount of time and effort you can put into your garden is another factor that can influence your choice. If you know you don’t have too much time to dedicate to your gardening effort, you may want to choose heartier plants such as Hostas, Daisies, Hibiscus, Garlic, Chives, Basil, or Oregano that don’t require a lot of TLC. You could also opt to plant in a few pots and save space in your lawn.

4. How to Maintain Your Spring Garden

Now you need to get down to the business of planting your garden. Your next train of thought should be related to maintenance. Here are few tips to get you started – of course, many variables can influence your maintenance, such as your climate and your specific garden’s plants:

  • Find the perfect balance of water to keep your garden growing. Your young garden should never be allowed to dry out to make sure the roots can flourish. Generally in the warmer months watering once per day is recommended.
    • Mulch is a great option to protect your garden from weed overgrowth as well as locking in moisture. Best practices are to cover the soil with about two inches of mulch to prevent the sunlight from hitting the soil. Be sure to choose organic mulch, such as bark or cocoa bean shells, to support healthy soil.
    • Although the mulch will help keep weeds at bay, they can still pop up. Be sure to keep an eye out for weeds, dead vegetation and, of course, pesky bugs or rodents to keep your garden healthy.
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5. Tips for a Raised Bed Garden

You may decide to go with a raised garden for aesthetics or because your soil quality is not great. Either way, a raised bed garden is not difficult to install. If you’re handy, you can do it yourself. If you like the easier option, you can most likely find one at your local nursery or home repair store.

As you plan your spring garden, be sure to take into consideration factors like sunlight, rainfall, soil conditions, as well as your level of commitment, so you can ensure your garden is a success. Spring-Green is standing by if you’re in need some expert advice or support for your garden and your lawn care needs. Since 1977, we’ve partnered with home and business owners in our communities to help them get full enjoyment out of their outdoors.

Get started with a call to Spring-Green.

Summer’s Almost Over – Get Your Garden Ready For Fall

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The Northern Hemisphere officially marks the close of summer on September 23rd this year, while most of us consider Labor Day to be the end of all things summer-related. While some of us look forward to the fall season and all approaching holidays, some are left with a feeling of concern, confusion or dread as we worry about our gardens!

Navigating the changing of the seasons, for the garden lovers among us, entails more than just pulling your favorite pea coat or scarf out of the closet. In fact, the transition from summer to fall requires some careful consideration.

If you are ready to welcome fall but worried about protecting your garden from dropping temps and changing weather conditions, no need to fret, your neighborhood lawn care professionals at Spring-Green are here with all the tips and expert guidance you need. Now, you can get to planning your fall festivities.

The Tips You Need to Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

  • Clear the way for the fall season. As we put our swimming suits away for the remainder of the year, it’s also a good time to clear out your garden. A key part of your fall garden preparation should include clearing away debris such as twigs, branches, leaves as well as dead or diseased plants. While you’re in the process of prepping your garden for fall and winter, keep in mind that you can add dead vegetable plants and annuals to your compost pile. Note: if the plants you are removing are diseased, it’s best not to add them to your composting efforts.
  • Tidy up your outdoor area. While you are outside removing dead plants and debris, take a look around at your garden area for equipment that should be stored away for colder seasons. Take a few moments to clean your equipment and place it away to protect them from the elements and have them ready for easy access when the temps begin to drop again.
  • Consider composting. Fall is the perfect time of year to add compost to your garden. Especially if you are not using mulch, your garden will benefit from two to three inches of compost on the growing beds. Composting is not only good for the environment, but it is an excellent way to set your garden up for success in fighting diseases and retaining moisture – just to name a few benefits.
  • Protect your trees before winter arrives. Fall brings festivals, pumpkins and stunning foliage, and right on the heels of fall come freezing temps. Even before the first day of winter, your garden might face cold rains and gusty winds that are especially problematic for any new trees that you have planted during the warmer seasons. Staking young trees is an excellent way to keep them safe during fall and winter, and you might even consider a breathable vinyl or fabric tree wrap to protect them from rodents that often damage bark during winter.
  • Planting in the fall, yes you can. Planting in the fall can set you up for a stunning show of spring flowers, making right now the perfect time to explore planting flower bulbs such as crocus, tulips and daffodils as well as garlic and onions. Growing zones vary but typically optimal times to plant fall in mid-October and early to mid-November. Most definitely, you’ll want to do your planting before the ground freezes and protect your planting efforts with mulch. Fall mums also keep you garden looking colorful in the fall.
  • Divide and conquer your perennials. Fall is a great time to divide and trim (not really conquer) your perennial plants. Once you’ve divided those perennials that have become overcrowded, you can transplant to places in your garden where there will be mulch to protect them during winter. For the perennial plants that have turned yellow or brown, fall marks the perfect time cut them back as you prep for colder months ahead.
  • Feed your soil. Many gardeners mistakenly think that adding nutrients to the soil is solely reserved for spring. To the contrary, fall is an excellent time to nurture your soil like manure, compost, bone meal, kelp and rock phosphate. Turning or tilling your soil at this time of year can also improve drainage before extreme weather inevitably comes our way.

Each season requires special attention for our gardens to keep them healthy, thriving and enjoyable year-round. As we make our yearly entrance into the fall season, you can grab these tips to get your garden ready for the colder months ahead.

Since 1977, our pros have been standing by to help with homeowners and business owners with their lawn care needs. Our reputation is founded on quality customer service, so we work hard to understand your needs and create a plan that exceeds your expectations. Happy fall!

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