Spring & Summer

Spring Gardening Checklist

shutterstock_93171472The busiest season for many gardeners, make sure you don’t miss anything by following this spring gardening checklist.

  •  Top-dress and re-seed the lawn. Once the warmer temperatures start and rainfall wakens up the lawn, top-dress and fertilize to choke out weeds.
  • Harden off seedlings. Toughen up your seedlings by acclimatizing them to being outside. Only transplant them into your garden after threat of frost has past.
  • Amend the soil in your planting beds. This simply means adding more of the good stuff- eg.- compost, zeolite, peat moss, and/or manure. This will help your plants to thrive and makes planting easier.
  • Give your flowerbeds a fresh new edging by running an edger or spade around the perimeter. Consider installing lawn edging to make mowing easier.
  • Install a rain barrel to collect runoff from eaves troughs and use this to water your plants.
  • Plant tomato and pepper plants once soil temperatures reach 17 degrees Celsius.
  • Fertilize daffodils, crocuses, and tulips after flowering. Cut back expired blossoms.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs, such as forsythia and lilacs, right after they finish blooming.
  • Divide mature perennials such as phlox, stonecrop, iris, and beebalm as needed.
  • Stake all tall perennials such as peonies, delphiniums, and bellflowers.
  • Visit our greenhouse! New varieties of annuals sell out quickly.
  • Shrub roses will now be showing winter die-back. Prune the branches just below the visible dieback.
  • Take advantage of free gardening seminars and trade shows at this time of year.