Spring is around the corner, so it’s a great time to get going in the garden again. You can use this time to figure out what happened to your garden during the winter and address any issues that cropped up. This is also a good time to prune, plant, mulch, and begin your seasonal composting.
Check out our list below of what to do in your garden this spring. And remember, we’ve got you covered if you’re having trouble getting your gardening work clothes clean— simply add Speed Cleaning™ Stain Gobbler to your laundry!
Check out your trees and shrubs
How did your trees and shrubs fare against the winter storms? Are there any tree limbs that should be removed or secured—especially if they are hanging over your home? Once the big guys are taken care of, move on to the smaller shrubs by cutting away the branches and leaves from last year’s perennials. Remove dead and damaged branches from woody plants. You can also prune plants that were damaged by the cold once they start their spring growth. If you have shrubs and trees that bloom in the spring, you can prune them after they begin flowering.
Mind the gap
Are there any spots in your garden that feel empty or bare? Decide what you’re going to plant there and get them ready for spring planting. If your soil is still frozen or too wet, you should wait until it warms and dries out before planting so the soil isn’t compacted or saturated.
You can transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except when it’s sweltering at the peak of midsummer, but if you’ve got them ready to go into the ground, break out your shovel and get to it. Be sure to water them thoroughly before AND after they’re planted. Spring is a good time to plant vegetables like lettuce and spinach, or flowers like sweet peas and poppies.
Green grass (and grass stain removal)
Spring is a critical time to maintain your lawn. Rake away any leaves or debris to check for areas that might need to be reseeded and then fire up the lawn mower to give the grass a trim once it starts to look a bit shaggy.
If you are having trouble getting your grass stains out of your gardening clothes, simply add Speed Cleaning™ Stain Gobbler to your laundry. Use a little less of your normal detergent and add some Concentrate Stain Gobbler instead. (This actually works on ANY dirty laundry that needs some refreshing!) This powerful enzyme-action product is harmless to you and your home, but deadly on organic-based stains like grass, mold, kitchen grease, old food, garbage, blood, and more. Speed Cleaning™ Red Juice is also great for getting out grass stains.
Compost like a pro
Not sure how to start a compost pile? This is a great use for the plant debris and leaves you raked up earlier. Try to balance equal amounts of brown materials like dried leaves and green materials like grass clippings and weeds to achieve the right carbon/nitrogen mix. To speed up decomposition, chop these up as much as possible. Layer alternate stacks of brown and green layers and then turn it regularly. You should start seeing compost within a few months.
A fresh layer of mulch goes a long way to helping your garden bounce back from winter and makes it look terrific, too. Give the appropriate areas a thick layer of the compost you’ve churned up in your own compost pile or a layer of wood chips or straw. This mulch layer keeps weeds from growing and makes everything look a bit cleaner and put together. Think of it as the finishing touch that also helps retain moisture for your plants.
Get the right cleaning supplies
Bonus tip: Here’s a roundup of all the cleaning products that can help you out as you ready your garden for spring!
- Grass stains can be tackled with Speed Cleaning™ Stain Gobbler or Red Juice.
- The Speed Cleaning™ Tray is helps store and organize your gardening tools.
- Wear your Speed Cleaning™ Apron as you work your way around the garden, maximizing your efficiency.
- Our Speed Cleaning™ Spray Bottles can be used for watering or spritzing flowers.