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Winter Maintenance For Your Spring Garden

December 16, 2015

SpringGarden1If you have a garden or flower beds in your yard, hopefully you have Prepared your Garden for the Wet Winter. While most plants are dormant now, there are somethings to keep in mind to ready your yard for spring. This is also important to keep in mind if you are planning to sell your home in the coming months. Keeping your property maintained will help with your curb appeal. The following tips will help get you started.

SpringGarden2If you have native plants or plan to grow some next year, now is the time to sow new seeds for annual flowers. Check your plants for dried flower heads and collect the seeds. If you are new to cultivating seeds, the easiest way to sow them is to start them in containers until they are mature enough to be transplanted. Many native wildflowers like to grow in clusters, you can plant 4-10 seeds per 4”pot. Keep your seed pots inside and damp until they have at least two sets of leaves for each plant start. From there you can transplant them into a garden bed. Come spring your flowers will be in bloom adding vibrant color to your property.

If the rains come as expected, our yards will become saturated before too long. If this happens, avoid walking on your lawn or in your garden beds as much as possible. Any treading on mulched areas will compact the soil which can hinder composting. Should there be frost on wet grasses, stepping on them will break the cells. Come spring, instead of green blades, you could be faced with sections of dead grass instead. Should this occur and you are listing your home, you will need to consider some additional cost and time to reseed to you can keep up your curb appeal. Keeping off your lawn and garden is an easy ounce of damage prevention.

SpringGarden3If you have not finished your garden bed clean-up or mulched, there is still time to do so. You can use the pruned and trimmed plants from your garden to make your own mulch, though watch for seeded weeds, pull those out before you lay down a layer of plant material. The plant mulch will provide a layer of protection from the cold through the winter months, and help create compost. Leaves from your trees also make great compost. You can dig a shallow trench along the edge of your beds, fill with your raked leaves then add back the dug up dirt on top. Come spring you will have compost your garden will thrive on.

These easy care steps can make a big difference in how wonderful your yard will look come spring. When you are ready to sell or buy a home, me and my team are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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