Spring is officially here! That means its time to put that green thumb back on and prepare for your garden! Add stunning curb appeal to your Fox Valley home and create a peaceful space filled with fresh produce and beautiful flowers for your whole family to enjoy. Follow these 6 tips for spring gardening success!

1. Map It Out

Start your garden off with a plan. Figure out the layout of your garden in terms of what plants look best near each other, the distance between each of them, where the sunlight hits, and more. The more you can plan out ahead of time, the better your garden will end up!

2. Begin Indoors

Have your plants ready to go in your garden as soon as the last frost is gone by seeding indoors. All you need to do is fill containers with potting mix, moisten with water, and carefully add your seeds. Make sure to place in a warm spot of your home that receives 12 to 16 hours of daylight. Once the weather has cleared outside and the plants have gotten larger, you can transfer outdoors.

3. Prepare Your Soil

Make sure your soil is ready for the season. Purchase a soil kit from your local home improvement store to learn its type and pH level. This information will help you determine what modifications your soil needs in order to grow the healthiest plants.

4. Start Planting ASAP

With our cold winters in the Fox River Valley, you want to make sure that you time out your planting properly so you start early enough but don't expose your plants to frost. Check out this handy Farmer's Almanac Planting Guide for St. Charles to know when to start planting in our area.

5. Prune

Help stimulate plant growth and improve the look of your garden by pruning shrubs and trees. Just ensure that you are only pruning those plants that have bloomed on new growth from this year. If you prune plants that are still on last year's growth, you could cause irreparable damage to the plant.

6. Mulch

Save time in the future by adding several inches of mulch around your garden. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, saves water, reduce weeds, and wards of disease. When spreading out the mulch, be sure to water the soil before and after in order to keep the mulch a couple of inches away from your stems. Check out this Guide to Mulch Buying from the Chicago Tribune for more helpful information.

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