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7 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Warm weather is sneaking up quickly and our gardens are begging for attention. Preparing your garden now will save you extra labour in the summer. It’s time to dig out your favourite pair of gloves and get back in the dirt. Here are 7 essential tips to get you started with your garden this spring. Your flowers and vegetables will thank you for it later!




1. Conduct Spring Inspection and Fix Your Hardscape

Time to get out your detective hat and see what damage the winter has brought.

  • Keep an eye out for frost or ice damage on plants.

  • Garden beds to be cleaned out, hardscaping like retaining walls that have shifted.

  • Evidence of new animal burrows from rabbits, skunks, chipmunks, etc.

If you have hardscaping elements in the garden, chances are that snow and ice may have heaved any stonework slightly out of place. Re-position, repair, or replace any hardscaping elements now while your plants are still safe and dormant.


You should prepare any trellises or stakes you have to support your plants. Give them a new coat of paint if needed. It’s easier to set them up in the spring than the summer when your plants have flowered.




2. Tune Up Tools


Take an inventory of your garden tools such as rakes, shovels and especially pruners to determine if any maintenance is required. Your garden tools may need some attention if they weren’t stored properly over the winter.

If rust has accumulated, remove by lightly sanding it and then disinfect it with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Plant diseases can be transferred through the use of unwashed garden tools. Simply dip the cutting edges of your pruners in a small bowl of rubbing alcohol and wipe off with a clean cloth.




3. Remove Weeds, Dead Plants and Debris


It’s important to clean out the garden sooner than later as you don’t want to be stepping on plants as they’re emerging. Remove all debris, fallen plant material, and weeds to allow for new growth. You can cut back the dead growth on perennials and grasses at this point.





Most of your decayed plant material can be thrown back into your compost bin.

Make sure not to compost any weeds or diseased plants - keep them in a separate bin or burn them.






4. Divide Perennials and Transplant Shrubs