Spring Gardening Checklist 

 Originally Written: April 1, 2017

By  Hanna Trafford

If you are anything like me – and millions of others – you can’t wait to get out into your garden and start digging, cutting, pruning, planting and doing whatever needs to be done to make it best ever.


Here I am sharing my To Do checklist with you – hope it will help you and motivate you!

Spring Gardening Checklist:

  • Start annuals, tomatoes and peppers from seeds indoors
  • Start your summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, cannas, etc. indoors by potting them and setting them up under lights until after the last frost date
  • In your garden, clean up your flower beds, picking up fallen branches, twigs, dead plants and other winter debris
  • Prune deciduous trees and shrubs – but not the  ones that flower of run sap in the spring
  • As soon as you can work the ground, you can plant hardy cool-weather plants like onions, cabbage, radishes, sweet peas and leeks.
  • You can also spray scale-infested trees and shrubs with dormant oil before their leaves show up.
  • Put slow-release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines – that includes clematis, roses and rhododendrons
  • And start pulling out weeds as soon as they appear in your garden
  • If you have hydrangea in your flower beds, cut it back all the way to the ground
  • Spread compost on beds and start adding kitchen scraps and yard waste to your compost bin to start a new batch of compost
  • Divide mature perennials and replants them into other places
  • Install a rain barrel to collect runoffs from eavestroughs and to have water to use watering your plants
  • Don’t plant your tomato and pepper plants until soil temperature reaches 17C
  • To clean up spring-flowering perennials, cut them back once they finish flowering
  • It is a good idea to pinch back seed heads on plants like rhododendron and azaleas – it will leave the plants energy to grow better.
  • Fertilize daffodils, crocuses and tulips after they finish flowering – your bulbs will be stronger and will flower beautifully next spring.


Please add your comments, suggestions and tips – your input is as always very much appreciated!



Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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