Transforming Your Garden: A Year-Round Soil Preparation and Planting Guide
Eliminate aggressive weeds: Use an herbicide to control invasive weeds in the area where you plan to establish a new garden. This step is essential in creating a clean slate for planting.
Add organic matter: In late spring or summer, when trees have leaves, contact local arborists to acquire wood chips with leaves. This is the best time as the wood chips will have a higher content of leaves, providing more nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Add a 3-4 inch layer of these wood chips and additional leaves to the garden area. This layer will help improve soil structure, fertility, and drainage over time.
Manage cool-season weeds: Remove any cool-season weeds that emerge during winter to prevent them from competing with your new plantings.
Plant throughout the year: With the soil well-prepared, you can plant throughout the year, as long as the ground isn't frozen and the specific plant species is suitable for planting during that time. This flexible planting approach allows you to establish and expand your garden continuously.