There is certainly no doubt that any garden indeed requires a good clean up from time to time. It is good to thin out crowded bed, transplant and fill out bare spots and also to take stock of your garden. However, a lot of people end up being confused about where to start with.
How to clean up your garden?
So, how do you go about cleaning your garden? You can always start with clipping away the killed branches to ensure new growth and cutting back and dividing the perennials as required.
But that’s not just it, is it?
Start off with trimming away the dead and damaged branches
Rain, wind and extreme cold surely do damage the branches and it should be your first priority to restore them back to their original forms. Use a handsaw and prune back those damaged branches back to live stems. A small tip for you: instead of using electric shears, consider shaping the borders with hand pruners, as it averts thick growth on the outside that forbids sunlight and air from reaching the center.
Before the summer flowering buds start swelling, prune them too. But wait for the spring bloomers to flower before you prune them. Plus, do not forget to prune all those overgrown trees and branches.
Continue with cutting back and dividing perennials
Clip off all those flowering perennial plants to a certain height as you desire. It shall encourage new growth! Also, do not forget all the ornamental grasses too.
In the areas where the soil has been thawed, you can go about digging up perennials like daylilies and hostas that will contribute in thinning the crowded beds. Consider dividing them too if required and transplanting them to cover up the sparse areas.
For all those rose canes that have been damaged, simply cut them! If you have climbers as well in your garden, then neatening them up would really be a good idea. Get rid of all the older woody ones!
Clean the areas around the plants
Get rid of any fallen leaves and dead foliage as they can be a cause for foster diseases and may smother your plants. Once the risk of frost is over, do away with any existing mulch. Doing so will set up the stage for a new layer, once you are done with spring planting.
What you can do next is shove those heaved plants back into the flower beds and borders and compress it down the base. Replanting them also seems like a good idea, provided they are in good shape. Now would also be a really great time to spread fertilizers on the soil in your garden, so that they can penetrate deep into the roots when the rain arrives.
Adding some fertilizer around the bulbs, once they begin to flower, would increase the bloom time and also feed the next season’s growth! Give your beds a clean edge with the help of a square-head shovel. Employ the use of pins to secure all the irrigation lines that might have come loose.
Composting the yard waste
Collect all shredded leaves, cuttings, spent foliage and all of the mulch and just dump them into a compost pile. You can also go about joining sections of wire fence and then making a simple corral out of them. A useful tip to consider here is to increase the decomposition rate, strip leaves and cut branches that are greater than half inch in diameter. Adding a compost starter would also accelerate the decomposition rate.
Check your compost on a regular basis and keep it moist, as moist as a wrung out sponge is. Expose it to the air with a pitchfork after every two weeks. Remain careful so as to not add any weeds that may have gone to seed and end up sprouting instead!
Prepare the damaged lawns for seeding
For testing the pH of the soil, early spring is really a great time as it gives you enough time to assemble the right amendments. Get rid of any pasture or turfs that aren’t in good condition and have been damaged by salt or diseases. Doing so will prepare the soil for seeding that would follow in the coming days.
Make sure that the new seed remains moist. You can do this by working in a half inch layer of compost, which will ultimately accelerate its germination rate. If you happen to reside in a warmer area, then you must consider spreading the first dose of fertilizer too.
Furthermore, you can go about neatening up the hardscape surfaces. Raking escaped gravel back to the pathways and courts seems like a good way to go. If required, consider adding more gravel near the driveway’s apron. Furthermore, you can go about refilling all those joints sandwiched between the flagstones with new stones, sand or stone dust. If you find any slippery algae spots or stain marks on the pathways and patios, remove them with the help of a pressure washer.
Finally, cover, replace or paint the wood that has been worn out. Get rid of any pickets, boards or lattices that are badly damaged and can’t be reused. For cleaning the wood structures, you can make a mixture comprising of 2 gallons of water, 2 quarts of bleach and a cup of liquid soap. Scrub the wood and then let it dry. Replace or repair any fence posts that you find wobbling. Finally, apply a new coat of paint to make it seem all new.
Cleaning up your garden and getting it ready isn’t that of a tedious task. It’s all about employing the right strategies and doing the right thing wherever required. However, if you are someone who has a busy schedule and cannot take out ample time for a cleanup of your garden, you can always opt to employ the surfaces of a professional garden cleaning agency. These services can then get the job done for a fee that can be agreed upon.