Late winter is the perfect time to prepare your garden for a blooming spring. Planning your work ahead and staying organized can be an easy way to make sure all goals are met, which is sure to help you see the colorful results you’re seeking. Start with this February gardening checklist:
Repair and prepare:
Bob Vila suggests checking the garden for winter damage and shaking off any remaining winter snow without walking on muddy areas to avoid compacting the soil.
If you have trees, now is the time to trim them to ensure they grow to their maximum potential during the spring. Using sharp gardening tools, prune all dead or diseased branches and those that have grown the least consistent with the branches’ general direction.
Designate planting areas:
Assess the area of your garden and designate planting areas based on what you’re interested in planting as well as preexisting flora. Real Simple recommends designating four-by-four feet plots of land for vegetables.
Cleaning the garden and getting rid of any dead plants or structures that don’t belong there anymore will help your plants and flowers grow to their full potential.
Fences help young tree and vegetable plants grow strong. Depending on the fauna of the area of your residence, it can also prevent rabbits or raccoons from eating your veggies.
Buy basic gardening tools:
Having at least one of the following will be essential for providing good maintenance to your garden throughout growth season: spade; garden fork; soaking hose; hoe; hand weeder; and a basket for transferring soil.
TIP: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to protect garden tool handles from splintering.
(This was originally posted in February 2016.)