Preparing Your Lowcountry Yard for Spring

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To make sure you maximize your yard and gardens for spring, here are some steps you can take now in preparation:

  • Make a plan – Browse the web for inspiration on sites like Pinterest (be sure to visit the Sabal Homes page) and Houzz. These outlets are ideal for scouting out gorgeous pictures of gardens to help “plant” ideas in your mind for your own yard. Other helpful online resources include Southern Living, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and GardenWeb.
  • Consider a garden journal – While you’re browsing, clip appealing photos along with notes about how you’d do things differently to fit your own yard. It also helps year to year to keep a record of what did/didn’t work and what you did new and differently each season. Evernote can be a great online resource for easily collecting and then searching images, notes and documents.
  • Research products – How would you like your garden to grow? Consider features, such as pavers, ponds, fountains, plants, garden accessories, water catchment tanks and more.
  • Make your map – Now’s the time to plan where you will place each of the plants, flowers and other features you’ve selected for your garden. No Fuss Garden Plans from Better Homes & Gardens can make this job much easier.
  • Inventory your tools – Sort through your garden tools and see if anything should be replaced. Toss what you no longer need and start a list of what you do need. Give your existing tools a good cleaning and sharpening if needed.
  • Join a gardening club – There are plenty of gardening clubs in the Charleston area that allow you to meet with other like-minded individuals to help answer questions and get new ideas.
  • Prep the soil – Dig down 6 to 12 inches into the soil and add organic matter. As spring nears, use a rake to break up the top of the soil, adding fertilizer. When you’re finished, do one more rake.
  • Start a compost heap – Compost heaps are great ways to recycle. Here’s a helpful guide to getting started from Southern Savers. Creating your compost heap now will give you a head start on organic matter to use in your spring garden.
  • Daydream – Now that the hard work is done but you’re still waiting for spring, why not take a moment and daydream about how it will look in all its glory come mid April!

What work have you done in your yard or garden in 2015 to get ready for spring?

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