If you haven’t already, you should schedule time for these garden clean-up activities before you begin this year’s plantings…..
Make certain garden tools, hoses, watering wands are clean and in good working condition. Check irrigation lines and hoses for cracks from winter damage and replace damaged or poorly working components.
Gently press back any perennials that heaved out of the ground over the winter and remulch.
Check on your containers and window boxes to determine if you need to replace the potting soil. If the soil is only one year old, you don’t need to replace it. Simply remove any root balls from last year, use a hand rake and till the soil, and be certain to apply new fertilizer after planting your spring annuals. If your potting soil is over a year old, replace half of it with new soil, make sure to mix the old and new soils together well. If the soil is a couple of years old, we recommend replacing it completely with fresh, nutrient rich potting soil.
If you have a hay rack or cocoa lined window boxes, examine the liner. If it has started to disintegrate or shows wear and tear, we recommend replacing it to ensure that your soil stays in place and the liner is not too porous for watering.
Prune and feed roses.