1. Tidy up
Clean up flower beds and borders by removing leaves and other lingering debris. While you’re at it, take a little time to cut back any older and dead growth remaining from perennials in the last growing season.
2. Rework the soil
If the soil has warmed up and is workable, consider adding a thin layer of organic matter such as compost to help boost soil nutrients.
3. Give the boot to garden pests
Look around the base of perennial plants for any hibernating pests such as slugs or snails. Grab some garden gloves and remove whatever colonies you find now to avoid greater problems with pests during prime growing seasons.
4. Clean up gardening tools
Even gardening tools need a little TLC now and then. This is a great time of year to give them a thorough cleaning and get them sharpened. Investing the extra time and money to manage these tasks not only enhances their performance and preserves their lifespan, but it also helps prevent the spread of any lingering fungi or plant disease from season to season.
5. Create a composting area
If you don’t already have a dedicated compost area, then now is a great time to create one. You can choose from lots of pre-made compost bins or easily make one yourself. There are many benefits to composting, but the two greatest are using it as a way to reduce household waste and of course, creating a rich compost to help enhance your garden all year-long. To learn more about building your own compost bin and the basics of composting, check out our easy guide to Composting 101.