Springtime Gardening Tips

Rinda West from Rinda West Designs provided us with some useful gardening tips.

March is a great time to be thinking seriously about this summer’s garden!  Once the weather warms up enough to spend time outside, here are some garden do’s and don’ts:

  • Cut back last year’s perennial flowers and grasses now if you didn’t do it in the fall.
  • Get a compost bin if you don’t have one and start making the best soil for your garden!  Garden waste (except never put diseased cuttings in compost), food scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells – everything from the kitchen except NO animal products and no fats. Add some torn up newspaper to balance the great nitrogen your food scraps provide with the carbon from the paper.
  • Prune only trees and shrubs that bloom later in the summer.  Plants that bloom in the spring won’t flower if you prune them now.
  • Some woody plants can be cut to the ground now because they bloom on new growth. Generally, the ones not to cut back are the taller ones.
  • Enjoy your spring flowering bulbs as they come up.  Don’t cut them back until the foliage dies down. Give them some supplemental water and maybe even some organic fertilizer as they start to bloom.
  • I am generally very cautious about any pesticides and herbicides – weed and bug killers – because they are toxic to people and pets.  Please consider organic fertilizers and hand weeding.
  • You can spruce everything up with a container of colorful spring annuals.  Make sure to get plants that can take some frost; you will most likely need to switch them out in June when the weather starts getting hot again.

If you are looking to improve, remodel, or restructure your garden and want some professional help. Contact Rinda West by email at rinda.west@gmail.com or by phone at 773-575-1205.  For more information visit www.rindawestdesigns.com.

Leave a Reply