Get Ready For Spring Gardening With This Guide

10 Tasks to Prepare Your Spring Garden

Whether spring has sprung or is just starting to peek through the winter cold, it will soon be time to get your spring garden planted. Before you break out your trusty garden tools and seed packets, there are a few garden chores you need to tackle to get your garden off on the right foot.These are the 10 tasks to tackle in the spring to get your garden ready for the year

Inspect Raised Garden Beds

Check garden beds for any damage. Over the winter, soggy soil from rain and snow can put a strain on the wood frames of a raised garden bed. Repair any bowed or split wood on the frames.

Check Your Garden Tools

Get your garden tools in tip-top shape before the planting season gets in full swing. Give them a good wipe down and inspect for rust on the tool heads.

If your tools have wooden handles and are showing signs of splits and cracks, rub them down with boiled linseed oil.

Turn Your Compost

It’s time to turn your compost pile and check for any that is ready to use. Making your own compost is one of the best natural soil amendments, and it’s free!  Add compost to improve soil by scratching in finished compost into the top one inch of soil.

Top Dress Garden Beds

If you run short of home-grown compost, use well-seasoned manure to top-dress your garden beds in preparation for planting. If you planted a winter cover crop, now is the time to till it into the soil in preparation for planting the beds.

Divide Perennials

Spring is a great time to transplant divisions or move plants around. Share or trade some of your plants with neighbors and gardener friends. This is a cost-efficient way to add more plants to your landscape, but be mindful of sharing pests, disease, and weeds. Only share plants from your garden that are healthy and inspect plants from friends or plant sales thoroughly. If there are any signs of distress or discoloration, do not plant it in your garden. The risk often far outweighs the reward!

Weed and Mulch

Eradicate those pesky early spring weeds before they get too comfortable in your garden. Remove any young, sprouting weeds first and then put down a layer of cardboard or landscape fabric onto the bare ground before you add mulch. A 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch is sufficient to discourage any new weed growth. Alternatively, you can plant your garden tightly with perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs to crowd out weeds.

Seed Starting

Sow warm-weather vegetables and annuals indoors before the last frost date. To aid in germination, pre-soak larger seeds and seeds with thick coats such as beets and nasturtium the night before you sow them in starter pots. For more on how to start seeds both indoors and out, check out The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide.

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Early Spring Vegetables

Direct sow any early spring vegetables once the soil is workable. Cool weather veggies like lettuce, cabbage, radishes and scallions will germinate in cooler soil.


Remove any dead branches from shrubs, trees and perennial foliage after new growth has begun. Prune the spring bloomers, like forsythia and rhododendrons, as needed soon after flowering is complete. Thin and shape hedges after the first flush of new spring growth.

Plan to Protect Seedlings

A late season frost or freeze can happen anytime in the spring. Make sure you have enough cloth and plastic to protect tender plants. If a frost is predicted, just a cloth over your plants will suffice. For nights when the temps are forecast to dip below freezing, it’s better to put a layer of cloth on first, then lay plastic on top. Condensation on the plastic will freeze and damage foliage.

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Taking the time to complete a few essential spring garden tasks will bring you benefits for the rest of the season.

Get Ready for Spring Gardening with this Guide


About the Author : Debbie WolfeDebbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! As interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden; a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.View all posts by Debbie Wolfe

  1. GrabCo.
    GrabCo.April 21,15

    Nice post Debbie! I’m sure our followers will like this. Shared!

  2. Laila Keirstead
    Laila KeirsteadMay 4,15

    Pruning is a really smart way to keep your plant healthy. The dead leaves and stems can overtake the plant if you are not paying attention. What I have learned the most about preparing a garden is that you need to make sure you have the time to go out and tend the garden. The better tended the garden is, the better and healthier the plants will get. I think that could be another tip to keep in mind.

  3. Astle
    AstleJuly 30,15

    During spring the only plan came to a gardener’s mind is how to develop a garden and how to enjoy the spring. Spring bring several kinds of greenery concept and the best time to grow organic garden; so while following tips from here we are able to develop an organic garden I really appreciate the entire effort here to grow and protect a garden during spring.

  4. Ali
    AliMarch 1,17

    Great post on getting things ready! I’ve been so itchy to get gardening this season. I started some seeds yesterday and have my beds all cleared out. You reminded me to check my tools though. I am bad about cleaning them, but it’s the perfect time to get down to business.

  5. Chel
    ChelMarch 7,17

    Great post!
    I’m always looking forward to my spring garden.I have to agree, Spring is indeed a great time to transplant divisions and move plants around.
    I’m looking for effective ways on how to start seed indoors, I will definitely check out The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide.

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