When spring arrives, we immediately want to get back to gardening! Indeed, in the beautiful season, the garden wakes up very slowly to offer new blooms, seedlings by the thousands, and abundant harvests. And just like spring, which takes all its time to warm the atmosphere and therefore the earth, you too will have to avoid the rush at the risk of seeing your hard work reduced to nothing.
Here are 12 things not to do too early when spring arrives.
1. Sow too early
With the approach of spring, we tend to want to go too quickly by sowing too early. However, frosts can still surface until mid-May, and this can be fatal for your plants. Indeed, in total growth, they will not resist the cold.
2. Prune too early
Even if you can’t wait to clean up your garden and clip all the unattractive branches that didn’t survive the winter, you’ll have to wait. Indeed, before pruning, allow time for the new shoots to settle to see your future harvests and blooms appear.
We always want more flowers and plants, especially during spring! Propagation by cuttings is an excellent method to achieve this. However, it is advisable to wait for the weather to warm up significantly to predict where the plant will take in the garden concerning its congeners.
4. Remove winter protections
Despite the short periods of heat, it is essential not to remove winter protection too early. Conversely, please do not leave them too long, as they can create excess heat, and the plants will perish.
5. Plant deciduous trees
The beautiful season makes it possible to accommodate most of the plants. And yet, some types of shrubs, especially deciduous ones, are best planted in the fall, as they need to make their roots before they get their leaves.
6. Forgetting to take care of your tools
Even if you’ve protected your tools during the winter, cleanup won’t hurt them. Disinfect them to avoid spreading diseases in the garden.
7. Over-fertilize the soil
Plants naturally store fertilizer since the previous fall. The fertilizer must be dosed sparingly at the risk of burning the leaves. Preferably fertilize your soil after flowering.
8. Water in the evening
It is essential to water growing plants regularly, especially in early spring. To do this, water instead of in the morning, because the evenings are still too cool.
9. Take care of the flower beds when the soil is wet
Before taking care of the flower beds, wait until the soil is dried after the harms of winter and snow. Otherwise, you risk damaging the roots.
10. Planting before the Ice Saints
Stations with the first rays of the sun that make you want to plant your first plants! Between March and mid-May, frosts still lurk and can be fatal for your plants. It is therefore not recommended to carry out your plantings before May 15th. To sow in place, it is better to wait for the passage of the Ice Saints.
11. Scrape the lawn
Before scraping the grass, it is best to wait for the soil to dry. In fact, in winter, the ground is saturated with water. However, scraping a lawn full of water makes the soil more compact and suffocates it while keeping the weeds in place.
12. Fold the leaves
Some bulb flowers take up a lot of space in the garden due to their foliage. However, it is better to wait a little longer before cutting them if you want to see your bulbs bloom.