Spring Gardening Tips: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Spring Garden

Four Easy Tips for Ensuring Your Garden Will Thrive

The sun is shining, there’s an end in sight to the school year and you might even be getting your home ready for a spring or summer sale. Whether you already have a garden that needs some help getting back in shape, or if those Pinterest ideas have finally inspired you to start your very first garden, there are a few things you can do to ensure your garden is the best it can be. With the help of Nick Schwarz of Schwarz Nursery and Garden Center, ESTATENVY came up with four tips to get the best spring garden.

1. Before you start, think beyond spring and summer.
In fact, think about how your plants will look for years into the future. The trees that you plant today will hopefully be around for a long time, so you don’t want to plant things you might someday regret, like a messy silver maple that will drop seeds all over the lawn, or a cypress that will eventually dwarf your house. When planting something, consider its eventual size, form and habit. Tree removal is costly and unnecessary if you properly plan ahead.

2. Consider your garden’s sunlight.
Schwarz says, “The more sunlight, the more options. The less sunlight, the more restricted you are.” While the majority of plants don’t thrive in the shade, you can still find ones that will work for your degree of sunlight. Those little sun icons on plant tags are there for a reason! Choose plants that align with the conditions of your specific garden. A spot that gets eight or more hours of direct sunlight is perfect for vegetables, fruit trees and most flowers. Partial shade, on the other hand, might be better for perennials, ferns and small trees.

3. Start with the soil.
According to Schwarz, soil is by far the most important aspect of any garden. If you don’t have good soil, you’re going to have a tough battle. Spend most of your time on prepping that, and the rest will come much easier. If you’re adding new soil, Schwarz recommends finding black soil that is “loose and fluffy” so the roots can find water. To improve soil that’s already there, amend it so it has better content – you can’t just sprinkle healthy soil on the top, but instead need to turn it over to mix the good stuff in. If you’re planting veggies or flowers that you replant every year, you should also amend the soil every year. If you’re just working with some bushes or shrubs, you can just add some fertilizer, and they should be good to go.

4. Speaking of fertilizer…
“Fertilizer for a plant is like a vitamin for a person – it helps keep you healthy, but it doesn’t fix it if you’re sick,” Schwarz said. So, if you have an existing garden that isn’t looking so good, fertilizer won’t help a whole lot. However, it is important to fertilize throughout the year, even while things are looking great, in order to keep your plants healthy. Beyond that, regular watering is the most important thing you can do.

Soil, water and sunlight are the keys to a successful garden. And while there will be mending and pruning throughout the lifetime of your garden, but the more you prep before you get started, the better off it will be in the long run.