On average, the final days of frost are usually between May 10 and May 15th in Minnesota. This late thaw date can make gardeners a bit antsy. But here is what you can do to be prepared.
#1 Get your equipment ready
Nothing will slow down your yard work like broken or ill prepared tools. Take some time to clean, repair, sharpen, and replace your yard tools. Do you have the 5 best tools for pruning?
#2 Plan out plants
What plants are you going to add to your yard? Have you done your research? Plan out what plants are going to go where. Know what the plant needs, whether it is sun, shade, or a bit of both. The more you know about your plants the better you can take care of them. I recommend researching to the point where you know the plants’ common diseases and pests.
#3 Plan out landscape decorations
Are you wanting to add a focal point piece to make your backyard pop? This could be achieved with outdoor furniture, barrels, flower beds, or vases. It all depends on what look and feel you are going for in your yard. Get creative!
#4 Rake up debris
Winter can fill your yard with debris. This layer of debris needs to be removed so your lawn can properly absorb resources. Make sure your yard is dry and stable before you start raking. You don’t want your rake to scrape up pieces of your lawn.
#5 Re-seed any struggling patches
Spread a mixture of compost and grass seed over any bare patches on your lawn.
#6 Mow, then fertilize
When you mow, try to leave the grass height around 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Mowing at a higher height helps to grow a stronger yard that will be less likely to grow weeds or be affected by drought.
#7 Prune any dead or broken branches
Pruning stimulates growth. This makes early spring the perfect time to prune your trees. We have an article about DIY pruning, just click here to get some pruning tips.
#8 Apply mulch to your trees
Apply about 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of your trees to help with soil temperature and to reduce weeds. The new mulch will look nice as well.
#9 Apply Mulch to your plants
Apply mulch to your shrubs and plants too, especially any emerging bulbs or perennials. Options for mulch include wood chips, compost, leaves, recycled rubber, and shredded bark.
#10 Fertilize Plants
You will need to add some sort of fertilizer to your growing plants in the spring. Add your preferred fertilizer to your container plants and don’t forget to loosen the roots a bit when planting your container plants.
#11 Clean out weeds
Weeding your garden is no fun, but it needs to be done! Getting rid of weeds and debris is necessary to give your garden a fresh start.
#12 Start a compost pile
A compost pile is one of the best things you can do for your yard and garden. It is a fantastic way to recycle debris and it creates rich soil.
#13 Get the soil ready
Check the pH of your soil with a test kit. You want the soil to be somewhere in the 6.0 to 7.0 range. Proper pH levels optimize the longevity of your plants. Make your soil is moist enough for new plants too. Proper soil moisture is crucial for a plant’s first year.
#14 Attract the helpful creatures
Native birds can eat bad bugs out of your garden. Bees, spiders, frogs and toads can be beneficial for your garden. You can attract these creatures with flowers and a pond. Certain animals are great to have in your yard, while other animals should be kept out.
Your yard should be in tip-top shape once you’ve finished these tips. We hope you have a lovely spring season!
If you need any trees removed or planted this spring, give Precision a call at 651-484-2726.