Shake off the winter blues gardeners, Spring is right around the corner! Most gardeners can hardly wait to come out of their dens like our bear friends, ready for a fresh start in the spring.
The days are longer and spring is in the air. It is important to be purposeful in taking care of garden clean-up and soil amendment. There may be signs of spring later this month but too early may leave your plants vulnerable to damage.
What you can do in the Garden
If any mulch is over 4-inches, it should be removed to reduce chances of mold. Check temporary mulches like leaves, straw, or other plant debris for mold and remove it so it does not damage the plant.
It’s all about the Soil
Soil is instrumental in how your garden will thrive.
What does soil pH mean? Soil pH is a measurement that indicates the alkalinity or acidity of soil. It is calculated by finding the negative logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions in the soil and ranges from 0 to 14. The lower a soil’s pH the more acidic it is, and the higher the pH, the more alkaline the soil is. Soil with a pH of 7 is considered neutral. Soil pH is an important measurement because the acidity or alkalinity of soil determines how easily plants can absorb nutrients from it.
Perennials can be vulnerable to poor soil conditions. They have smaller root systems compared to large shrubs or trees. Take heart, it is possible to amend the soil in beds that have less than perfect soil conditions. Spring is a good time to test your soil. Simple soil testing kits are available at your local garden store. The results will determine what the soil needs in terms of amendments to adjust its’ pH level to grow a healthy garden.
Keep Weeds Away
Fresh mulch can be added once the new growth begins; you do not want to smother the new growth too early because this will lead to weak plants. Typically, a layer of 3 to 4-inches of mulch is adequate to suppress weeds.
For more information about caring for your spring garden, please visit The Mustard Seed at Halla Nursery at 10000 Great Plains Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318 or at www.TheMustardSeedInc.com