5 Ways to Love Your Spring Garden

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.

– George Bernard Shaw

When you are dreaming of your spring blooms, you can’t wait for warm weather. You look out the window to a view of your garden after winter. Every sign of green makes me happy. For many of us, just working in the garden can be a joy in itself.


Orange Tulip Field

A garden is a wonderful place – it’s often full of dreams and wonders.  I find there is something  so magical about having my hands in the dirt, planting a seed or small plant, and watching it grow into a mature beauty. Let’s talk about a few things you can do that will bring happiness to you in the garden this spring.

Feed Your Plants

As a gardener, one of your best friends is always going to be  fertilizer. Feeding your plants nutrients is one of the most efficient and effective ways to make your plants look their best. First you need to know your soil composition. For example, my central Florida soil is mostly sand.  Enrich your soil with compost and natural fertilzers. I’ve added top soil, compost, and fertilzers over the years as I’ve planted. There are actual worms in my flower beds – you’re thinking everyone has worms. Nope, not a worm to be found in my lawn. Worms don’t live in sand. Your feeding schedule depends on your plants and environment. Grass has one schedule, vegetables may have another, and then there are flowers’ needs. Feeding plants helps to keep them healthy and ensures that they are looking their very best.

Weed Your Garden

Anyone with a garden knows that weeds are inevitable. When should you clean up the garden after winter? Cutting down the dead plant stems too early in the spring will disturb them before they have a chance to emerge. Wait as long as you can to do your spring garden clean up. Ideally, you should wait until the daytime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees F for at least 7 consecutive days. The ground thaws after winter making it moist. Then you can easily dig down to get the roots of grass or weeds in the flower bed.

A Close-Up Shot of a Pink Tulip Flower



Get Creative With Your Garden Layout

To make your garden look beautiful, put your garden where you will see it, and use plants that do well in that location. I can tell you from experience that using a plant in the wrong location simply means it can die.  Period.  From my living room, I see most of the front yard daily.  From my dining table and kitchen window, I gaze at my back yard.  I enjoy the views and I am reminded of what needs to be done.  Create a view from your windows that makes you happy year round. Winter can be the time to enjoy your garden art and everygreens.   Make sure that you are arranging the garden in a design that you personally find beautiful. You can get lots of inspiration on other blogs, your neighborhood, local garden shops, and Pinterest. For more information about designing and garden layout, see Garden Planning Guide with Printables,


Take Care Of The Lawn



The lawn is usually one of the most important parts of the garden – if you have one, that is. Taking care of your lawn should be relatively easy to do, but many of us like using a trusted lawn care near me. If you would like to think about grass alternatives, check out Low Maintenance Yards.

Edging


Finally, to keep your garden looking neat and tidy, it’s vital that you are paying attention to the edging around the flower beds and borders. It is most easily done with the use of a hoe or a similar implement. This makes a surprisingly big difference to how the overall garden appears.


In conclusion, feed your garden plants, remove weeds, plan any additions or changes with a layout that pleases you, and keep your lawn trim. Then you can sit by the view you love and enjoy spring in the garden.

This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

5 thoughts to “5 Ways to Love Your Spring Garden”

  1. A lovely post Carol.. I adore gardening, but it is so hot here at the moment we are just watering it in the cool of the evening, and the sprinkler system comes on every couple of days at 5pm in the morning. Winter is the best time to garden in North Queensland. Your garden looks lovely. Thanks for an inspiring post.

    1. It is frustrating when half the world is in the opposite season, but that’s the way it is. I totally understand because next July and August I won’t open the curtains many days due to the heat. Thanks for coming by and visiting. Hope you have a great day!

  2. All wonderful ideas, Carol. I’m not that fond of loving my yard, to be honest. Maybe because I go away all summer and never see it. But I do my best when I’m home.

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