It’s Finally Spring
Bainbridge Island, WA, in spring is a sight to behold. Trees have little green buds on their branches, promising beautiful leaves in the coming weeks. Bulbs planted in the fall are sprouting tulips in a rainbow of colors along with sunshine-yellow daffodils. Spring is here, homeowners. What should you be doing with your lawn and garden?
Care for Your Lawn
Spring may be a rainy time for us, but the extra water leads to amazingly green grass and flourishing flowers. To make sure your lawn looks great, get ahead of weeds and crabgrass with appropriate herbicides. Rake and overseed any bare spots if the ground isn’t too wet. Aerate your soil if it’s been compacted by the winter. Apply organic or slow-release fertilizer around the time you are preparing to mow for the first time.
What to Plant in Spring
Before you start planting, rake up any winter debris that is left in your garden. You may have an idea of what you want to plant and what you want your garden or landscaping to look like in the spring, but it’s important to know what plants are most successful this time of year as well as where to plant. Spring veggies and flowers tend to need more sun to grow—we may have lots of rain, but we DO have sun—so find an area that gets around six hours of sunlight per day. One idea is to use pots if you don’t have a large enough sunny location in your yard! Sandy clay soil isn’t ideal for gardens, so stop by one of Bainbridge Island’s amazing nurseries and pick up some soil made specifically for planting.
When you’re ready, try potatoes, carrots, lettuce, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, or summer squash for success with spring planting. These veggies all love spring in our area. The flowers that thrive here in spring are pansies, primrose, fire lilies, crown imperials, and wallflowers. Whether you choose veggies, flowers, or both, with proper preparation and the right plants, you’ll have a successful garden.
Buy Plants from Bainbridge Experts
There are so many fantastic nurseries here! You can always start at Bainbridge Gardens right on Miller Road NE. They are already open on their regular schedule for all of the early-bird gardeners! The family-owned nursery carries seasonal items as well as trees, shrubs, and more. Visit the café for a quick lunch before you start planting!
Bay Hay & Feed is a nursery and farm store on the east side of the island. They not only carry a huge selection of plants, but they also have a market, gift shop, animal feed, clothing, and even pet gear!
Either of these nurseries or one of the others in the area have plant and garden experts to help you choose your plants, tools, soil, and whatever you may need.
Enjoy Your Garden
Once you have your spring garden planted, relax and enjoy! Your home will show very well with your lawn and garden spring-cleaned and blooming. If you’re thinking of selling, give me a call at 206-948-7135 to chat. If you’re considering a move to Bainbridge Island, contact me, Kimberly McLaughlin, Realtor, to make an appointment to see available homes at their best. I look forward to seeing you. In the meantime, I’m going to plant some flowers!