Spring Garden Maintenance Checklist: A Step-by-Step Guide


As the weather warms up and plants start to awaken from their winter dormancy, spring is the perfect time to get your garden in top shape for the growing season ahead. To ensure your garden thrives throughout spring and beyond, follow this comprehensive step-by-step maintenance checklist.

Here’s our step-by-step guide to maintaining your spring garden:

1. Assess the damage

Start by assessing the condition of your garden after the winter months. Look for any signs of damage, such as broken branches, frost heaving, or soil erosion. Take note of areas that need attention to prioritize your tasks.

2. Clean up debris

Clear away any debris, such as fallen leaves, dead foliage, and branches, from your garden beds and lawn. Removing debris helps prevent the spread of disease and allows sunlight to reach emerging plants.

3. Prune and trim

Prune deciduous trees and shrubs to remove dead or damaged branches and promote healthy growth. Trim back perennial plants to encourage new growth and maintain their shape. Be sure to use sharp, clean pruning tools to make clean cuts and minimize damage to plants.

4. Weed control

Take proactive measures to control weeds before they have a chance to take over your garden. Hand-pull weeds from garden beds, being sure to remove the entire root system. Consider applying a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed seeds from germinating.

5. Soil preparation

Prepare your soil for planting by amending it with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure. Work the amendments into the soil to improve its structure, fertility, and drainage. Conduct a soil test to determine if any additional amendments, such as lime or fertilizer, are needed.

6. Mulch application

Apply a layer of mulch to your garden beds to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Choose an organic mulch, such as shredded bark or straw, and spread it evenly around plants, leaving a few inches of space around stems and trunks.

7. Inspect irrigation systems

Check your irrigation system for leaks, clogs, or damage. Clean or replace clogged emitters and adjust sprinkler heads as needed to ensure even coverage. Test the system to make sure it is functioning properly before the heat of summer arrives.

8. Plan and plant

Take this opportunity to plan your garden layout and select plants for the upcoming season. Choose a variety of plants that are well-suited to your climate, soil, and sunlight conditions. Consider incorporating native plants and pollinator-friendly flowers to attract beneficial insects and wildlife.


By following this spring garden maintenance checklist, you’ll set your garden up for success and enjoy a bountiful harvest of beautiful blooms and healthy crops throughout the season. With a little effort and attention to detail, your garden will thrive and bring joy and beauty to your outdoor space for months to come.

Have questions about maintaining your spring garden and the supplies you’ll need? Stop by Whispering Springs or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help!