Spring Gardening Tips
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out in the yard and garden!
These helpful tips will ensure you have a successful growing season, and have the very best harvest of flowers and vegetables.
1. Check irrigation for proper operation, now is the time to add drip irrigation for efficient water use.
2. Add mulch to assist in water retention, and prevent weeds from germinating. Add mulch to minimize weeds and conserve moisture during dry weather. Organic mulches add nutrients to the soil. Place a thick layer (3-6 inches) so the weeds don’t receive light, which is required for seeds to germinate. Keep mulch 3-6 inches away from base of plants. If too close (or placed against trunks), rot and disease can occur.
3. Test soil for PH, certain plants have different needs, check before applying fertilizers that affect soil PH.
4. Use slow-release fertilizers for trees and shrubs.
5. Plant pollinators to attract beneficial insects that provide a measure of protection to plants naturally.
6. Plant hardy perennials that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, like sage salvia kniphofia, agastache and lantana.
7. Add focal accent trees and shrubs such as Japanese maple and dwarf conifers that display unique form or texture.
8. Adorn outdoor garden spaces with whimsical sculptures, yard art and wind chimes.
—John LaFlaur, Nursery Manager at Bushnell Gardens, 5255 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-791-4199, bushnellgardens.com