15 Easy Gardening Projects to Kick Off Spring

For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!).

If you’re self-quarantined or lying low for a couple of weeks, there’s no reason you can’t get outside and enjoy some fresh air. In fact, it’s the best thing for you! For starters, there’s no problem social distancing when it’s just you and the squirrels and the sparrows out there. And being outdoors is good for your mental health. Even if it’s still chilly in your part of the country, bundle up and get some gardening therapy. Trust us: Digging in the dirt will take your mind off the craziness.

Here are a few garden projects to help you stay sane while you’re isolated:

Clean up your garden. There’s something satisfying about bringing order to your little part of the world. We promise it’s cathartic to rip out dead annuals, yank early weed seedlings, and remove sticks and leaf debris from your beds and lawn.

Trim your shrubs. It’s fine to prune broken branches, but wait a little before shaping spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia or hydrangea. If you cut them back now, you’ll remove this year’s blooms! However, you can now shape summer-flowering shrubs such as butterfly bush or potentilla. If you’re in doubt at all about what you have, wait until things begin to…

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