Gardening Spring Clean-Up

Spring Garden Care Tips

By Lauren Smithson

In this blog post, Lawnmowers Direct has teamed up with me to bring you our top spring garden care tips.


It might feel a way off yet, but spring is just around the corner and it’s time to get prepared for the garden maintenance that you need to carry out throughout the season.

In this blog post, I’ve teamed up with garden tool specialists, Lawnmowers Direct, to bring you our top spring garden care tips. Read on to find out more.

Force your branches into bloom

Cherry blossoms in spring
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Bring your branches into bloom at the earliest opportunity with this easy trick! Certain shrubs and trees can be forced to bloom, adding the first bursts of colour to your garden in spring.

The best plant types for spring pruning include:

  • Pussy willows
  • Forsythias
  • Mountain laurels
  • Fruit trees
  • Magnolias
  • Lilacs

Find out exactly how to force your plants into bloom on this blog post.

Get mulching

Wood chip mulch
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Mulch is a covering material, such as bark, which can be placed on soil such as flower beds to help improve its quality and appearance. Mulching improves soil texture, suppresses weeds and helps retain moisture in the dryer months. 

You can get both biodegradable and non-biodegradable mulch. Biodegradable breaks down over time and includes wood chips and bark. Non-biodegradable mulch does not break down over time, such as slate or pebbles.

Check your soil pH

Seedling sprouting
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If you want to give your plant life and lawn the best chances of looking good this spring, you need to take note of soil pH.

Soil pH is a numbered scale used to indicate how acidic or alkaline a solution or, in the case of gardening, soil is. Depending on where your soil sits on the pH scale, it can affect how your plants grow.

Measuring your soil pH regularly will give you an indication on whether you need to alter the pH with the addition of acidic or alkaline substances, such as limestone or sulfur.

Start cutting your lawn

Man pushing lawn mower.
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It’s a common fact that you shouldn’t cut your lawn until the last hard frost of the winter has passed. But by the time spring blooms, you should be cutting your grass little and often to help promote growth and encourage thickening.

As well as regular lawn cutting, you should also carry out other lawn maintenance, like feeding, seeding and weeding. You can find out more about the particulars of caring for your lawn in spring here.


Spring is a season for growth in the garden. Follow these tips to make the most out of the period and get your outdoor space looking as good as it can be!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

2 comments on “Spring Garden Care Tips

  1. Pingback: Spring Garden Care Tips — Laidback Gardener – Ninnys Nest

  2. It is too late for us to force blooming stems, but not too late to cut some that are already blooming! We have some nice flowering cherries here!

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