Essential Gardening Checklist for Early Spring

Springtime is a time of lambs, warmer weather and a general sense of newness. It is also a time when you can get a head start on your gardening in time for making a real impact in the summer. This takes a little bit of planning and a lot of motivation – after all, you will be fighting the still lingering chill – but, it will be well worth it when the nicer weather hits in earnest.

So, what needs to be included on your essential gardening checklist in order to make early Spring as productive as possible?

Prune Old Plants

You will have a lot of dead, dying and understandably decrepit plants when you look out on your garden at the end of Winter. Months of not much sun, too much rain and less than ideal temperatures will, understandably, do that to anyone. Which is why it is important to help these plants find new life in the Summer by pruning them now.

A simple tip is to take off anything that looks brown and wilting. And, if that includes the whole plant, make the decision of the best areas to prune back in order to try to coax the plant back to life. Pruning at the beginning of the growth season, i.e. now, is also helpful as it helps the new growth happen in Summer.

The only real thing that you shouldn’t do is to cut the branches flush against the tree. As this will, inevitably, result in bad growth for the tree and not be healthy in the long run.

Get a Head Start on Weeds

Weeds are the bane of any gardener’s existence. They creep up and strangle the plants we lovingly cultivate over months of hard work, turning green thumbed efforts into a field of daffodils. It’s not great, nor is it how we want our gardens to look at the end of the day.

There are also plenty of weed killers which you can use before the weeds have even come to the surface. These kill the weeds as they surface through the soil, helping to limit the number in your flower beds. Of course, this type of solution can also be harmful to certain plant types and so you must be careful when using it depending on what type of plants you are wanting to grow.

Give Your Lawn TLC

Brown spots, overgrown patches and general disrepair are the hallmark symptoms of a lawn that has suffered a long and hard winter. Which is why, when Spring starts to bloom in earnest, it needs a little bit of tender loving care to help it thrive once more.

Mowing your lawn may seem a little pointless, especially if it is patchy or looking a little brown following the winter. But, this can actually be a great way to promote new growth in the grass in order to help solve these issues naturally.

Have a Change of Scenery

If last year you discovered that an area did not have the right amount of sun or just didn’t like the placement, then now is the time for change. Whether that means moving a planter from one end of the garden to the other, or something equally as simple. Or moving whole sections of your flower beds in order to suite a better aesthetic (more work, but also more reward in some cases).

A new trellis, ornaments and even a wicker sofa can be a good addition to make a space look renewed even when it may have just a had a little bit of a change around. The beauty that a simple seating area can bring to space, is shocking at it’s heart, but an amazingly simple way to have an instant improvement.


At the end of the day, your checklist at the beginning of Spring should largely be about maintenance and re-establishing a little bit of order to a landscape that could have been greatly affected by harsh winter conditions. Planting new bulbs, seeds and even saplings all comes after the hard work that is involved in making these fundamental changes to your gardening space.