How to get your garden ready for spring | Angie's List, Angies List
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- Annuals die at the end of the growing season and must be replaced the next year. Perennials die at the end of the season too, but re-emerge year after year.
- Planting seeds is more cost-effective than starting with plants, but not all varieties are hardy enough to survive.
- Early bedding plants can be planted while it’s still cool. Plants such as pansies, snapdragons, dianthus (pinks), alyssum and dusty miller are tolerant of the chilly spring.
- Hold off planting new perennials, warm-season annuals and anything that does not tolerated frost until the danger of frost is past.
- Before you go shopping for plants, consider what kinds of plants you would like to plant. Are you looking for flowers, vegetables, herbs or greenery?
- Be realistic about your budget. You may not be able to afford it all this month or even this season.
- Before picking out plants, decide where you want to plant them. Is the area sunny or shaded, or both?
- If you’re not a big avid gardener, keep in simple with some pretty flowers.
- Read plant labels. They tell you everything from how far apart to plant, water needs and whether it’s an annual or perennial.
- Many culinary herbs are easy to grow from seed or from plants. Many can be grown on your back deck or a window box.
- Prepare and test your soil.
- Mulch will keep the soil moist and cut down on weeding.
- Check Angie's List consumer reviews to find the best landscapers in your area.
- A well run plant nursery should be clean and tidy with orderly, well-stocked displays.
- How well are the plants categorized? Plants should be categorized into plants for sun and plants for shade and separated annuals, perennials, etc.
- Plants should be well watered and cared for, pest and disease-free.
- Signs should be easy to read and clearly identify each plant. Prices should be marked.
- There should be an adequate number of sales people to consult with customers and the sales people should be well-informed about the plants they are selling.
- Concerned and heightened awareness for the environment
- Low maintenance landscapes for busy homeowners
- Using colorful foliage plants to spruce up monochromatic plantings
- Plants that attract and feed wildlife