by Zoe Eisenberg
Many passionate gardeners look forward to spring the way sports fans look ahead to their team’s upcoming season. It can’t come soon enough. If you’re a garden fanatic, there is no need to wait until the sun is shining to work on next years beds. These tips are things you can do during winter to prep next seasons flora.
Weed control: If the ground is clear, keep an eye out for weeds, which are already rooting. Spend a few hours pulling weeds and layering mulch over your clean soil.
Lay it out: When your garden is bare, you can really get a good view of the design. Decide if you’re happy with your spacing and layout. Plan to add or remove any shrubs or trees. Put in a fence or repair a trellis. Find a birdbath or birdhouse on sale in the off-season.
Test your soil. Most seasoned gardeners know a soil test can do wonders for your plants. Winter is prime soil testing season because it gives you time to make any necessary adjustments based on your results.
Enrich your soil. Spent the winter creating compost—with leaves or foodscraps—to enrich your soil. Come spring, your beds will be brimming with nutrients.
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