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Hello almost April.
Nice to meet you.
I can’t wait to show you all the things we’ve been working on in the yard. We’ve painted the bricks on the house (more to come on that), in the middle of painting the fence we built last year white, getting the yard ready for spring and summer and cleaning out the flower beds.
And somewhere along the way, I discovered something amazing.
I love to pull weeds.
Can you even believe it? I used to dread it. There were years when I would spend hours in the flower beds pulling weeds and saying things that people should never say and going all Scarlett O’Hara and shaking my fist at the sky. But now? It’s like a challenge. You look at the flower bed and it’s sad and lonely and looks like a teenager who needs acne cream and a haircut. And when you pull all the weeds and add the mulch?
It looks like it’s ready for spring prom.
If you are like me and your flower beds are looking for a date, here’s a checklist to get your flower beds ready for spring.
How to Get Your Flower Beds Ready for Spring
1. Get your tools ready for spring
- Clean out the garden shed
- Get rid of broken rakes and old plastic garbage bags and assorted nonsense that’s collected over winter
- Start your lawnmower and see if it needs attention
- Organize your tools in the shed and make a list of supplies you need for spring planting
2. Purchase new supplies
- Head to the garden store and purchase what you need for your spring planting
- If you buy it all in one trip it makes weeding more fun (karianne I’m looking at you)
- We bought mulch, fertilizer, supplies to amend the soil, seed for the lawn and plant supports for some of the new plants we are putting in
- There’s something so amazing and scary about pruning all at the same time
- Give your trees and shrubs a haircut
- The key to pruning is to determine what you want your plant to look like and using your pruning shears to help it get there
- We always fertilize after we prune to help our trees and shrubs recover from the shock
- My favorite part. I put on a podcast and take one flower bed at a time
- I use a small spade to help me make sure I get to the root of the weed
- I try and time my weeding after a rain so the ground is softer and the weeds are easier to pull up
- After I finish weeding, I take my weeds and put them directly into a brown paper sack for the trash to pick up
- I don’t want the weeds leaving behind anything on their way out the door
5. Prepare the soil
- In North Texas we don’t have the best soil
- It needs extra help
- I’ve sent our soil off before to have it tested and they can tell you exactly what needs to be amended to help your plants and shrubs grow
- Most nurseries are great places for advice for this
- We got a soil builder from a local nursery that we are working into the soil to give our plants the best chance against the hot Texas sun
6. Check your garden edging
- We have monkey grass edging in some places and this green metal edging in others
- Make sure to check your edging to see if it needs repair
- Our edging needed a few new pieces
- Clean and repair this before you start adding mulch
7. Trim the edges of the beds
- The beds look so messy in the winter
- It’s like they have little hairs that grew up all along the top and they need to be trimmed.
- Each of our flower beds got a haircut.
- We trimmed all the edges of the beds before we put the mulch in
8. Add mulch
- We actually got all our mulch from my nephew’s baseball team
- A lot of the organic material that was there from winter (leaves, etc.) we just used as additional fertilizer and mixed it in with the bags of mulch
- To spread the mulch we broke it up by hand
- Then we used a small rake to make sure it was evenly distributed
Next, we need to give the edges of these sidewalks a trim and get the yard ready for spring. It’s Texas so we have to start now so everything is ready for the hot summer ahead. There are so many more things we have planned and I can’t wait to show you all of them. I got peonies for my birthday and we are planting those and amending the soil so it’s ready for them.
This is the summer of the yard.
But for now?
I have a few more flower beds to weed, so if you need me I’ll be outside….
…making sure my yard is ready for its promposal.