Cleaning beds, amending soils

Think there’s nothing to do in the winter garden? Think again! When garden soils soften, and days grow warm, amending soil and cleaning garden beds is the best preparation for a successful spring!

Rake leaves, grass clippings, and the remains of the vegetable garden from forgotten corners of the lawn and garden then add to your compost pile. If you use a pre-emergent for weeds, apply it now, but avoid areas that seeds will be planted directly into the soil.

Add amendments to garden soil and gently work it in (but avoid working the soil when it is very wet to avoid compacting your garden). We can help match our bagged amendments to your soil needs, but remember, nothing helps more than having your soil tested by Colorado State University’s Cooperative Extension office. Soil test kits are available at Fort Collins Nursery.

Originally published on February 10th, 2011. Updated on September 4th, 2019.