Spring Gardening Calendar

The Quebec Homeowner’s Spring Gardening To-Do List

While warm Spring weather can’t arrive quickly enough for us, there’s plenty to do in order to enjoy your yard on sunny days. If you do your own yard work, here’s a quick gardening checklist to ensure your outdoor escape is in tip-top shape this year. Check out our handy printable PDF Spring To-Do List at the bottom of the page to be on top of your game.


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While the cooler weather will allow you to plant these a little later, don’t wait too long to start seeding!

Germinate (April 4 – 14) 

Germinating seeds takes approximately 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of seed and the temperature, so start these seeds now:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce/Leeks
  • Mustard
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

Germinate (April 14 – 28)

As soon as the ground is thawed for a few consecutive days, seed the following :

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh herbs
  • Gourds
  • Annual flowers
  • Lettuce/Leeks
  • Mustard
  • Spinach



When there is no longer frost on the ground, sow the following :

  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Broadbeans
  • Candytuft
  • Cornflowers
  • Onions
  • Pansies
  • Peas
  • Poppies
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Snapdragons
Sow in the garden (April 28 – May 11)
While you would usually begin around this time of year, ensure that there is only the very gentlest frost on the ground before sowing these directly into the garden:
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Potato eyes
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Snapdragons
  • Violas



 Transplanting May 11 – May 30      

When you’re sure there will be no more frost, transplant your hardened plants (you can harden plants by bringing them outside while still potted to get them accustomed to the weather) : 



  • Tomato
  • Melon
  • Squash

Keep an ear out for the weather network and if you hear frost or storm warnings, make sure you cover your fragile crops with a sheet or some plant covers.

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The weather is finally clement enough for you to begin some serious maintenance in your yard. Getting it all out of the way now means you’ll have more time to enjoy the warmer, sunnier days down the road.


Check Your Deck

Clean stonework and asphalt paths and check for frost heaves to repair. Give your patio a quick look-over for signs of loose planks, areas to re-paint or re-varnish or cracks.

Clean Beds

While you wait for the ground to thaw, and your seeds to germinate, use this time to clean your flower and plant beds.
  • Remove all fall and winter debris;
  • Use compost produced in the winter to nourish the soil;
  • If need be, replace the edging to make everything tidy;
  • Rake the lawn to get rid of thatching
    • Bonus: if you moisten the thatching and keep it contained, you’ll have compost for next year

Gutter Clutter

Clean out the old leaves and debris that have accumulated in eaves-troughs and rain gutters. Bonus eco-points for adding the biodegradable matter to your compost and installing a rain barrel.

Mending Fences

Hose off your fences and check for loose pieces or signs of wear and tear to mend. While you’re at it, you may as well give the outer walls of your home a quick spray-down to freshen it up.

Mower Power

If you use a mower, make sure the blades are sharpened and make sure you have fuel for it. Do a quick maintenance check on your tools (and maybe get around to giving the garage a good spring cleaning if you’re so inclined).

Furnish Your Moments of Relaxation

Give your patio furniture a good cleaning, shop for extra needed pieces and clean off that grill (don’t forget the propane)… It’s finally time to reward yourself with a nice al fresco meal with family and friends to show off all your hard work!



If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape without having to lift a finger, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the maintenance work for you!




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