Prepping Your NJ Garden for Spring Planting

Although the chilly weather might still be around, the end of winter is the perfect time to get ready for your spring planting.  Grab your garden gloves, and your winter hat, and get your lawn and garden ready to go. Cerbo’s is here with tips for getting your New Jersey garden ready to go for 2021.

Laying the Groundwork

Since the sun is around longer these days, you’ll want to make sure that your garden is getting the most out of its nutrients.  Clear the leaves that were trapped under the winter snow to allow both light and warmth to get to your plants.  Gather the leaves and other natural debris and add them to your compost pile.  You’ll want to wait until the ground has officially thawed, though, before removing any winter protection you’ve laid down like tarp or burlap.


If the ground isn’t frozen solid, this is a great time to get started on weeding.  Getting rid of the weeds that would destroy not only the plant life, but the aesthetics of the garden will help your plants thrive.  Don’t wait too long to get started on this; although your plants might not have started to sprout, they are starting to get nutrients out of the soil.


Once you’ve gotten the weeds out of the way, it’s time to start edging your flower beds.  Not only does edging help with hydration, it provides a means of keeping the mulch where you want it.

Protect Against Pests

If the sun is out, so are New Jersey’s garden pests.  Make sure you give your plants and garden a head start against attacks by using Bonide Repels-All Animal Repellent Granules from Cerbo’s Greenhouse and Garden Center’s two New Jersey locations.  This biodegradable formula will dissuade a variety of animals from making snacks out of your hard work.  It’s also safe enough to use around pets and children, when used as directed.  Bonide Repels-All Animal Repellent Granules cause mild irritation to nasal passages causing pests to lead your plants alone.

Branching Out

If the ground is too solid for you to work there, you can begin with the flowering bushes and trees.  Trim the branches that didn’t survive the winter, and start pruning some of the summer flowering shrubs.  This will protect your trees and bushes from disease and allow the new blooms to shine.
For all of your gardening questions, regardless of the season, make sure to turn to the pros at Cerbo’s Greenhouse and Garden Center.  This locally owned and operated family business knows the needs of New Jersey’s gardeners.  They will happily help you select the proper fertilizer, plant food, and more to make your garden flourish.

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