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There’s not doubt about it … spring can be an overwhelming time for garden enthusiasts! So, to make things much easier, I have actually assembled a detailed spring garden clean up list for you. Plus I’ll tell you when and how to spring clean your garden, offer you tons garden cleaning tips, and I’ll even share a few of my favorite tools that will assist you do the job.

This is a sponsored conversation composed by me on behalf of Fiskars. I was likewise supplied with the tools pointed out in this post at no charge. All opinions and text are my own.


Dead plants, stems and leaves cluttering your garden not only look bad, it can be unhealthy for your garden. Dead plant product can harbor illness and fungi that can end up triggering significant problems later on in the season.

All that dead plant product likewise conceals weeds that can rapidly take control of the garden if left ignored. So it’s always a great concept to do some garden spring cleansing to help keep your gardens disease and weed totally free, and looking their best.


It’s best to wait to begin your spring garden clean up, or other chores like raking the lawn till the ground has actually thawed and dried out a bit.

If you begin walking around in your gardens while the soil is still damp, it can cause soil compaction, which can make it extremely difficult for plants to grow later on (plus, you might lose a shoe in the filth … not that I would understand anything about that).


Much like any task that involves cleansing indoors, outdoor clean up can be a significant chore– specifically when you have great deals of garden beds like I to. But don’t stress, you do not have to get it all carried out in one day.

To make it simple for you, below I’ve broken down spring clean up into smaller sized tasks that you can do throughout the spring. Take your time and work through the lists at your own rate.

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I will go into details on each of these products listed below, however here’s a quick look at the jobs in my spring garden tidy up list …

Prune shrubs.
Remove winter mulch.
Brush back leaves on top of plants.
Pull dead annuals.
Eliminate dead growth from perennials.
Clean up the veggie garden.
Pull weeds.
Edge garden beds.
Prune shrubs– Early spring is a fun time for pruning. Spring pruning triggers brand-new development, and assists to avoid disease concerns … but don’t prune spring flowering shrubs right now. Wait to prune those until after they’re done blooming. If you’re not sure what to prune when, simply wait to prune your shrubs up until after they’re done blooming. Learn more about how to prune plants in the spring.

Remove winter season mulch and other security– Once the temperature begins to warm up in the spring, you can eliminate any winter season mulch you may have included over your delicate plants last fall. You should likewise remove burlap covers, wind screens, rose cones or any other kinds of winter season security you contributed to your gardens last fall.

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Brush back thick leaves– A typical spring garden clean up question I get is “should I rake leaves off flower beds?”. Do not stress, you do not need to remove all of the leaves from your garden beds. Leaves are actually truly good for your garden.

Leaves serve as a layer of mulch to assist keep the weeds down, and likewise feed the soil as they break down. Simply make certain to brush back any thick layers of leaves that are sitting on top of your plants. If you want to add mulch to your garden, you can simply lay it right over top of the leaves.

Pull dead annuals– Annual flowers, like petunias, begonias, marigolds, geraniums and snap dragons only live for one year in harsh climates, and won’t grow back after winter season. So you should pull them out of the ground, roots and all, and toss them into the garden compost bin. Discover how to discriminate between annuals and perennials.

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Remove dead growth from perennials– Prune or pull the dead leaves from perennials like hostas, day lilies, decorative grasses, coneflowers and sedums. You don’t require to be too diligent about cleaning flower beds in spring, simply make certain to remove the thick clumps of leaves so it won’t slow new development.

Take care when pruning around the base of plants during spring garden clean up so you don’t accidentally cut off brand-new growth. Also, don’t try too hard to pull dead leaves and comes from the ground. If you force it excessive, you could end up taking out new roots or plant development at the same time. If there’s resistance when you try to pull, then prune it out rather.

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Tidy up the vegetable garden– Pull out any dead vegetable plants that you didn’t navigate to removing last fall. Try to eliminate as much of the plant debris and roots of the plants as you can as you clean up your veggie garden beds. Also, detangle any dead vines from trellises and growing supports to make them look better as brand-new vines take their time growing in.

Pull weeds– Spring is a fun time to get a jump on garden weeds, and pull them prior to they have time to become developed. Weeds are easy to see in the spring before all the perennial plants start completing. Plus, given that the ground is damp in the spring, they’re easy to pull too. As soon as you’re done weeding, cover the soil with a thick layer of mulch to help keep new weeds from growing.

Edge garden beds to eliminate yard– Turf has a method of sneaking into your garden beds, and it quickly goes undetected through the busy summertime. Spring is the best time to edge your garden beds to clean them approximately remove the stray yard. As soon as you have the garden clean, the yard is simple to see, and it’s also simple to take out, considering that the soil is damp.

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In addition to cleaning up the garden, there are a few spring yard clean up jobs you must do too. This is a list of other stuff to do around the backyard, besides just particular garden tidy up. Here’s the quick list, with the information below.

Pick up around the yard.
Prune trees.
Wash patio furniture.
Sweep the deck, outdoor patio and porch.
Yard tidy up– Get branches, remove big piles of dead leaves, and tidy up any other particles that’s accumulated on the turf. I understand it’s tempting to get the yard rake out as quickly as the snow melts, but it’s best to wait to rake the grass till the ground is defrosted and dried a bit, and the yard begins to come out of inactivity.

Pruning trees– If you require to trim some trees in your lawn, early spring when the tree is still dormant is typically the best time. However before you begin lopping off branches, do a little research study on the specific kinds of trees you prepare to prune. In general, it’s finest to wait to prune fruit or flowering trees up until after they are done flowering.

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Wash your patio furnishings– Whether your patio area furnishings invested the winter outside or in storage, give it a fast rinse with the pipe or clean it with soapy water to get rid of any caked on scum. You don’t desire any unexpected garden visitors resting on filthy patio area furnishings.

Sweep the deck, patio area and porch– It’s insane just how much particles can build up on decks, patios and porches over the winter season. So get out the broom and clean up the stacks of leaves and other particles in the corners and crevices.


Fiskars has a terrific choice of tools that will make the job of spring garden clean up much easier. Here are a few of my preferred garden cleaning tools that I utilize regularly in my garden …

Strong hand pruners– These aren’t simply your ordinary hand pruners, the PowerGear2 hand pruners are created to make the job of cutting through thick stems and branches effortless.
Loppers for thick branches and stems– I never knew I required a set of loppers until I used these. Fiskars PowerGear2 loppers make it very simple to cut through thick tree branches like butter.
Hand rake– A hand rake is a helpful tool to use for raking leaves and other debris out of around plants and stems. Utilizing a hand rake instead of simply your hands is specifically good if you’re not wearing gloves, or if you’re cleaning up around irritable plants like roses or barberry bushes.
Billhook Saw– This bad kid is another among the tools you didn’t know you needed until you have one– then you can’t live without it. A billhooks saw is great for making quick work of reducing thick perennials like decorative lawns, day lilies and liatris. When you’re done hacking down perennials, you can turn it over and utilize the hooked end to go into the soil and quickly root out weeds and yard.
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It can be a bit overwhelming, but putting in the time to do your spring garden clean up will make summer season garden maintenance much easier, and permit you to enjoy your gardens a lot more. A tidy garden is a healthy (and pretty) garden. And, when you use the right tools to do the job, it makes life even easier.