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Tips for Spring Gardening

March 4, 2019

This Article was written by the knowledgeable staff at Wingard’s Market on Highway 6 in Lexington.

It happens every year…

One day it’s gloomy, bleak, and cold, and the next it’s warm and sunny. With the sunshine, you start thinking about spring gardening, but you didn’t prepare as you should have.

What do you do? It’s easy.

Spring gardening can be a fun and relaxing activity, especially if it’s done correctly. By following the simple tips which we have outlined below, you will make the most out of spring gardening!

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Sharpen Your Tools!

The first step to spring gardening is sharpening your tools. Start early, and sharpen everything- shovels, hoes, and pruning shears- to a fine edge. We carry any easy-to-use sharpening tool in the Wingard’s Market Gift Shop.

You may even want to splurge on buying a sharp secondary blade for your lawnmower. That way, you will have a spare if the one currently on your lawnmower needs to be sharpened.

A sharp mower blade is critical if you want to have a beautiful lawn. Dull blades can injure your grass and allow the disease to creep in, which can be costly in the long run to correct.

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Get Your Soil Tested.

If you plan to put in a new lawn or plant bed, of if you had problems getting things to grow properly last year, you may want to get your soil tested.

A soil test will tell you exactly what type of nutrients are needs to assure your yard looks the best it can! We carry Clemson Extension Soil Test bags here at Wingard’s.

Schedule Landscaping Early.

A helpful tip for spring gardening, especially if you need a little help getting your yard into shape, is using our landscape design services early, before the rush starts. The later in the season you call, the longer you’ll have to wait for an appointment. Wait too long, and it may be too late!

If you plan to put in a new lawn, make arrangements early to either buy sod or have it delivered. You should choose only moist rolls. Any that have dry roots or yellowed turf are no good.

Journal, Journal, Journal.

Keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of plants during spring gardening. You can write down what was a success last year, what was a failure, and what plants should be moved with the change of seasons.

It will prove not only useful this year, but also next year, when you may not remember all of the small details that can make or break your garden.

Keeping informational plant tags comes in handy when you want to replace or add more of a particular variety.

Ditch the Old Chemicals.

Throwing away any outdated chemicals is imperative, but make sure to follow the instructions on the label! Also, check to make sure those you are keeping are stored where children and pets cannot get to them.

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Till the Soil.

Tilling the soil in your planned gardening area is essential. Handfuls should easily crumble. If you nees to add soil amendments, Wingard’s offers Soil Conditioner for Clay, and Premium Potting Mix for Sandy soil. The additional composted organic matter will enrich your sandy soil, which is likely devoid of nutrients.

At Wingard’s we recommend Stout Ollie, a made-in-South Carolina compost consisting of plant material from the cotton ginning process, fish trimmings from the Santee Cooper lakes, and cow manure from the manufacturer’s own herd.

And Lastly…Don’t Forget to Prune!

Lastly, while engaging in spring gardening, you have to remember to prune. Generally, you should prune spring blooming shrubs immediately after the flowers fade.

Now that you know what to do, your spring gardening won’t be so much of a chore, but more of a pleasure and a chance to get out and enjoy that lovely spring sunshine!

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  1. Most lawn and garden chemicals should not be “thrown away” into the trash—or, even worse, down the drain. They should be completely used up according to the label, or treated as hazardous waste (which means turned in at special hazardous waste collection events).

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