How to Freshen Up Your Garden This Spring

Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to freshen up your garden. Even though winters in Southern California aren’t exactly harsh, our gardens could still use some extra care. Take some time this month to clean up your current garden and plan out some great new additions for a garden you’ll love showing off.


Clean Up Your Garden

Before adding any new flowers or mulch, it’s important to clean up your garden. Depending on the type of winter weather (wind or rain) you’ve had, there will likely be some stray sticks, dead annual plants, and more. Make sure to prune bushes and other perennials, as well.

By taking the time to clean up your garden, you’ll have a prepped garden thats ready for some new plants and flowers.


Plan What Annuals and Perennials to Add

This is a great time to take stock of the plants you already have, and what your ideal garden would look like. Do you want to start growing some produce, or do you want to try some new flowers? The spring is a perfect time to freshen up your garden!

Consider the area your garden is in, including the amount of sunlight it gets each day. There are some plants that are lower maintenance, so those are the ideal choice if you don’t want to spend as much time in your garden throughout the summer.

Take a trip to your local garden store to get an idea of what’s available, as well. Once you’ve made your choices, it’s time to plant! But even after planting, the job isn’t done.


Add a Layer of Mulch to Your Garden

We know, mulching is a dirty job, but the benefits far outweigh an afternoon spent in the dirt. From helping prevent weeds from sprouting to retaining moisture, adding a layer of mulch to your garden each spring can help your plants grow well and save you time. 

In addition to the physical benefits of mulch, it can also help improve your garden’s appearance. Choosing a brown or black mulch can help create a nice “backdrop” to your flowers and bushes.


A garden will add value to your home, and give you a space that you love coming home to each day. By correctly prepping your garden and choosing the right plants for your area, you can create a garden you’ll love to maintain. And don’t forget to add that layer of mulch!