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How to Prepare Spring Flower Beds

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Once winter is ebbing away and the snow melts from the ground, you can start thinking about how to go about cleaning up your garden and getting it ready for spring. But preparing spring flower beds does not have to be a chore. Just think about all the beautiful flowers you will be enjoying once the weather warms up and you won’t be able to wait until you can prepare your spring flower beds.

Remove the mulch from the ground once the snow has melted. If there is no snow in your climate, remove the mulch once the weather warms up to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit on a normal basis.

Cut back any die back on perennials. Remove all the dead foliage and dispose of it or compost it.

Test your soil's pH. You can do so with a home testing kit. If your soil is too acidic add lime to amend it. Add 4 lb. of lime per 100 square feet for acidic soil. Add 3 lb. of sulfur per 100 square feet to amend alkaline soil.

Till your soil. If you have perennials planted, do not till the soil around them. Only till the soil in annual flower beds or in beds in which you have removed your perennials.

Add compost or manure to your soil. If you have perennials planted, add the compost or manure around the perennials. If you do not have anything planted yet, work the compost or manure into the soil. Add about 30 to 40 bags of compost per 100 square feet of flower bed.


Things You Will Need

  • Compost or manure
  • Soil pH testing kit
  • Rake


  • Remember to keep your spring flower beds free of weeds. Pull them as soon as they appear.


  • Do not compost diseased or poisonous plants.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.