People always talk about spring cleaning their houses when springtime rolls around. But what about your garden? It’s tempting to let Mother Nature take care of the debris that winter has left, but deep inside you know that it won’t happen and that you’ll have to use elbow grease to have the beautiful yard you want.

Fortunately, you don’t have to fret since there are easy ways to get your garden in shape. Here are some tips to help you get started:


Make plans for your space

Before doing anything else, sit down and think of what you want to do with your garden. Would you like to grow herbs and vegetables? Or will this be the year that you’ll finally grow prize-winning roses? Having a plan is important since it will guide you on what to do and motivate you to keep on gardening, no matter how tiring it can get.

Clean up the area

Once you’ve finalized your plans, get up and give your garden a thorough cleaning. More likely than not, winter left a slew of sticks, branches, and other debris on the ground, so take the time to clear them away. Make sure to remove the dead leaves on the ground to ensure they won’t cover the grass and keep sunlight from reaching it.

Start pruning and trimming

Perennials need to be pruned to ground level, while evergreens and semi-evergreens need to have their old foliage removed to make room for new growth. Be careful about pruning flowering trees; you don’t want to give them a trim only to remove the flowers that would have bloomed this year.


Get ready to plant

Once your garden has been cleared of debris, start putting in your new plants. Visit your local nursery to shop for seedlings and find out when you should plant them.

Take these steps now to spring-clean your yard and create the beautiful garden you’ve always wanted!