6 essential spring gardening tips to prepare your garden for the season

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Winter is finally over, and that means it’s time for spring garden chores! Whether you’re an old gardener or just starting out, there are some basic gardening tasks you can do that will help you grow a healthy, beautiful, and productive garden. Garden work is not just sowing and so on. Before we start enjoying our wonderful garden, we will have to take care of other things, such as repairing any damage, for example. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the essential spring gardening tasks to keep it looking great all summer long.

Let’s get into these spring gardening tips and preparations


Before you begin any work, it’s important to think about what design changes you want to make at your own pace. Discover our design ideas to create a beautiful garden space! This way you can decide exactly what changes your garden might need.

Working on your garden is a relaxing activity that also beautifies your space

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Now let’s begin your spring gardening chores by inventorying and inspecting winter damage. When the first days of spring appear, it’s time to inspect the garden. Winter winds may have damaged your garden, ruined flowerbeds, etc. So take a notebook and take a walk in the garden. Here’s what to look out for when inspecting the garden:

  • Frosted, cut and dead plants
  • Damage to fence supports, etc.
  • damaged beds
  • Signs of animals and pests
  • Spring cleaning of the garden

Cleaning up your garden is the first step in preparing for spring

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This is the perfect time to remove dead and frost-damaged plants from your garden. Clean up fallen branches, dead grass, remnants of annuals, etc. Maintaining good garden hygiene is important for the proper growth and health of your plants. It’s also an essential part of your spring chores if you want to have a healthy garden.

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Clean up fallen and broken branches, dead grass and the remains of annuals

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Spring garden tasks: refreshing and pruning

Spring is a good time to prune certain types of trees and shrubs. Start by removing all broken and damaged branches, competing branches, and any that would grow differently than the desired shape of the plant. Spring pruning should be minimal. Uncertain weather conditions can cause the plant to freeze. Follow a simple rule: in the spring, prune the plants that flower in the summer.

It’s time to prune your fruit trees and shrubs

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Prune fruit trees

Spring pruning of fruit trees will improve their overall condition and improve the taste of the fruit. Spring pruning can be done before the trees begin to flower, starting with the most chilly trees like the fall-winter varieties of apple and pear trees. Stem fruit trees should be pruned earlier, the best time for this is late February or early March. Peaches, apricots, etc. are pruned at the latest. Before bud break and shortly before flowering.

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Size of shrubs

Follow the same logic when pruning shrubs. Prune shrubs that have not yet flowered. The only thing you can do now for spring shrubs is to apply sanitary pruning (remove only dead branches). Spring is the perfect time to prune and shape evergreen shrubs such as willow, hydrangea and some types of roses.

Important: Always prune at an angle so that water does not get trapped on new growth, as this will cause rot.

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Removing dead branches and leaves will transform your plants

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Spring Garden Tasks: Dividing Perennials

Early spring is the perfect time to care for your perennials because their spring growth has not yet begun. Dividing them will improve their condition and allow you to fill empty spaces in the garden or give your favorite flower to a friend.

Important: Only divide plants that will flower in the summer.

Remove weeds your garden doesn’t need and divide your perennials

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Spring Garden Tasks: Spring Tillage

Your next task is to provide the necessary nutrients to the soil to enjoy an abundant and healthy garden. Tillage in the spring will be much easier if you have worked too much in the fall. This is also the time to test the soil for nutrient availability and distribution (done once every 5.6 years). This will give you the flexibility to adjust the nutrients as needed. It’s time to use your own compost, for example!

dig the ground

Heavier soils and those that have not been harrowed in autumn should be dug to a depth of 15/18 cm some time after the first harrowing (when soil moisture has decreased). Spring hoeing can also be done when sowing spring plants. This will warm the ground faster.

Digging for fresh soil will help your plants grow better

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Heart touching

Harrowing (loosening of the topsoil to a depth of about 5.6 cm) is mainly done with a rake or similar. This will clean the garden and the weed beds around the crops and reduce the soil moisture by a factor of 3 to 4. For looser soils it is enough to do this once.

Harrowing is mostly done with a rake or something similar

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Spring Gardening: Fertilizing the Garden

Basic nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are added to the soil in fall or early spring depending on the type of soil. In heavier soils, it should be done in the fall, just before the main tillage. Softer soils should be fertilized in early spring, again just before cultivation. The best method of soil nourishment is composting or organic fertilizer. If you have animal manure, you must let it mature for at least 5 years. Feeding the soil is an important part of your spring chores in the outdoor garden, but it’s also a time to think about nature. Whenever possible, use organic and biodegradable fertilizers.

The best method of fertilization is to compost your fruits and vegetables

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Point: Use organic and biodegradable fertilizers if you want to attract butterflies to your garden! The same goes for other cute garden visitors like bees and hummingbirds! If you want a thriving garden, be sure to plant flowers that attract bees. They will pollinate your garden and turn it into an oasis.

Using organic fertilizers will allow butterflies to visit your garden

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The more flowers you plant, the more bees will visit and pollinate your garden.

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Spring gardening: planting spring plants

Next comes the most enjoyable part of all spring garden chores, planting your favorite flowers and crops. Changeable weather, however, can be both friend and foe to garden plants. That is why it is crucial to know when to sow the desired crops in the garden. This is also the perfect time to sow crops such as radishes, peas, early tomatoes, eggplant and other early crops. The herbs are parsley, dill, onions and garlic. Each crop has of course specificities that must be taken into account such as the depth of sowing, the necessary nutrients, the needs for light and humidity, etc. Most vegetables require a soil temperature of 10 degrees to sow them directly in the garden.

Point: If you’re still not sure what to plant in spring, check out our guide to what vegetables to plant in April and what to plant in May!

It’s time to plant new spring plants in your garden

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Make your garden a beautiful springtime oasis

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You can also plant flowers and herbs in pots!

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Don’t forget to water your garden frequently during the coming summer months

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I remove dead vegetation from the garden in the spring?

Dead vegetation can be scattered next to flower beds when cleared in the fall. At other times, you need to remove it, and it is better to collect it in special places. Left around plants, it will increase soil moisture, collect pests and cause topsoil to rot.

What can be sown in the garden in early spring?

In spring, frost-resistant crops and plants that bloom in summer are sown in the garden. These are radishes, peas, early tomatoes, early peppers, etc.

How to prepare the soil for spring sowing in the garden?

Garden preparation should begin with digging, or harrowing, depending on the density of the soil. In denser soil, it should be dug to a depth of 15/18 cm after the first harrowing, then harrow again. Softer soils can also be prepared for sowing by harrowing alone.

Spring gardening is hard work, but it will all pay off

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Do you have other gardening questions? Why not take a look at our beginner’s guide to gardening, where we’ll answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions!

If you’re new to gardening, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide to gardening.

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