Spring gardening tips for Flagstaff

Spring has arrived in Flagstaff, so get ready with those garden tools and get your garden back to it's former glory! What are some sure ways to get the most beautiful garden on the block? Here's a few simple but important tips that can help your flowers bloom this Spring in Flagstaff.

Time to Clean

It's almost certain that debris and weeds have built up during the winter. So it's time to clean the slate as it were and get rid of all the debris and weeds. You don't necessarily need to use a weed killer, just as long as you make sure to get the roots of weeds so they don't grow back so soon.  You're garden tools may also be getting dull, so make sure you check to see if you need to sharpen them.

Revitalize

Has your soil dried out during the winter? Chances are it has and also been compacted. If you add compost or manure this will help revitalize the soil and make it ready for new growth. You can also test the soil to see what exact nutrients are needed so that you get the right mix.

Trim the Old Plants

If any plants survived the winter, they need some attention. They will need to be pruned so that they'll have new growth during the Spring. Wait to do this is in April or May to avoid any unexpected freezing. The best time to prune summer plants is in early spring. 

Spread Mulch

It's always a good idea to use fresh mulch in a garden.  1 - 3 inches of fresh mulch will help control the temperature and keep in the moisture in your garden, along with preventing weeds. Make sure you keep the mulch a few inches from the roots to prevent rotting.

New Plants

You might want to change things up by planting new flowers and shrubs this year. Here's some great spring plants you might try:

  • Pansies
  • Snapdragons
  • Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula
  • Redbuds
  • Transplanting tomato plants from indoor pots to outside
  • Lilacs
  • Tulips

If you chose to plant more perennials than annuals, it might help over the years as annuals need to be replaced every year. Perennials can last up to 3 years, making them a better investment.

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