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Ten Easy Tips for Spring Planting

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Yard looking a little tired after the winter? Here are ten easy tips for spring planting.

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  1. Still wintery? Wait.
    Some experts say the ideal planting time in many regions begins May 1. Your region may be warmer than others, but it's essential to wait until nighttime temperatures are well above freezing to plant new plants.
  2. Before you plant - prune.
    Plants, trees, shrubs, bushes - these all need a good haircut before you plant new.
  3. Spring for color. Add some show to your garden with vibrant plant varieties such as lilac, forsythia, quince, and viburnum.
  4. Secure the sun. This might seem obvious, but the more light most plants have, the faster they grow. Target sunny areas in your yard for new spring plants. If you don't have much sun, try ferns, violets, or lily of the valley.
  5. Top off with topsoil.
    Soil preparation is key to planting new, but so is finishing the job with a nice layer of topsoil or potting soil. This helps keep your new plants fresh.
  6. Be particular with pesticides.
    Using pesticides smartly and sparingly is the best practice. Using too much can kill valuable insects, like bees, which only help your garden grow.
  7. Watch those weeds.
    Weeds are one of the biggest threats to new plants. Use pre-emergent and weed killer in targeted areas as you plant new.
  8. Watch the watering.
    Drowning new plants is easy to do. The general rule of thumb is one inch per week. Checking new plants before you water is a good idea, and watering more in warmer climates may be necessary.
  9. Make vegetables victorious.
    Some vegetables are heartier than others, making them good options for early spring when temperatures are cooler:
    • Tomatoes
    • Peppers
    • Eggplant
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
  10. Less can be more.
    Just like pets, new plants grow quickly and take up more space as they do. Make sure you have enough room in your yard for the plants you're planting; overcrowding can threaten the health of them all.

Spring planting is a great tradition that can liven up your yard in no time. These simple tips can help you get the most out of your spring planting before summer settles in.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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