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October 26, 2016

How to Prepare Your Soil for a Spring Garden

Luckily winter in Northeast Georgia has been fairly mild so far, but even though it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for a spring garden and landscaping.

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First, you’ll need to think about where you would like to add a vegetable garden or other plants in reference to the amount of sunlight the plants will need. Keep in mind that when the tree foliage returns in the spring your sunny areas may become shady. Also, think about accessibility to garden tools, a hose and possibly power.

Preparing your soil for new plantings is the most important step after you choose the right location(s) for your garden or beds.

Good soil is essential for healthy plants and in Northeast Georgia making sure you add a nutrient rich topsoil for optimal growth is essential.

“In most cases, in our area, you would want to incorporate some type of soil amendment,” said Brad Sample, president of Pro Touch Landscapes. “Examples would be top soil, soil amendment made by Black Kow (cow manure).”

Generally, you will want about 12 inches deep of topsoil along with good aeration of the existing soil.

The winter is the best time of year to turn the soil and add soil amendments and organic matter, like compost or leaves. As the ground begins to warm in the spring you can use a rake to prepare the soil even further and add a balanced fertilizer.

Prior to seeding or planting new plants make sure to remove all weeds in your freshly soiled beds.

With this foolproof soil preparation technique you will easily have one of the best gardens or flower bed areas in your neighborhood and will be enjoying the fruits of your labor by mid-summer.

And, as always, stop by the Pro Touch Landscapes retail store for a great selection of spring plants, top soils, soil amendments, fertilizer and garden tools.