After Hurricane Harvey battered Texas gardens last fall, the big January freeze caused further damage to plants so now it’s time to take stock and start afresh for Spring. You may have had to completely rethink the landscape of your garden or perhaps you’re just looking to replace some plants to provide a bit of color. If the ground is still in poor condition, planting flowers in hanging baskets and tubs is a great quick fix to brighten your garden while you get started on the heavier chores.
Cultivating The Soil
Preparing the ground is perhaps the most important job to ensure your garden reaches its full potential later in the year. Gardeners in Texas will be dealing with a large variety of soils from light and sandy to very heavy clay. Digging and turning the earth refreshes the nutrients and makes planting easier. Whatever type of soil you have in your garden, it will benefit from adding a good layer of compost.
With year on year rising temperatures and the risk of both drought and flooding in Texas, water is an important consideration in your garden. The Texas Water Development Board is encouraging water conservation and you can do your bit by installing a rainwater harvesting system. You might also want to think about raised beds or a lowered rain garden planted with native grasses where runoff can gather and slowly sink into the ground. This will avoid the rest of the garden becoming waterlogged during heavy downpours. Before you make any major changes, now is a good time to visit garden centers and shows to research the products you need and get inspiration.
Getting Rid of Dead Wood
Although major pruning is best done during the colder winter months, the late spring is best time for blossom trees like mountain laurels which should be pruned immediately after they bloom. If you have oak trees it’s very important to remove dead branches to stop oak wilt from spreading. Obviously any tree that’s dead can be dealt with at any time of year and potentially hazardous trees should be seen to straightaway. Remember if you’re removing a small tree or dangerous branches, always use the appropriate equipment and safety gear.
If you make the effort now to undertake the heavy manual jobs in your garden before the temperature soars, you can then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Contributing Writer for Country Line Magazine
Photo Credit: Sandra Greaney
Publisher at Country Line Magazine