Whether you have a new flower bed or are renovating an older one, whether it is part of your garden or a raised bed, you will want to prep your flower bed ready for spring.
- Pull up old and dead or dying flowers and plants. Put them in the compost pile or dig them back into the soil. If you have perennials in your flower bed, trim them back. For a new bed, add nutrients. An existing bed that has been fertilized during the season does not need added nutrients.
- Dig up and turn the soil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches to thoroughly aerate the soil. Use a tiller for a large area or spade and garden fork for a raised bed or smaller area. Take out rocks, roots and sticks. Dig and lift the soil near your perennials. Rake the soil smooth.
- Cover the bed with new mulch. If your flower bed is going dormant for the winter, you can use plastic sheeting or other inorganic material. If you have planted bulbs or have perennials still growing, add organic mulch to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Keep mulch at least 3 to 4 inches away from the bottom of existing plants.
Now that your flower bed has been cleaned, fed, aerated and mulched, it is ready for spring planting.