Now is the time to get back outside and do some serious gardening, mow the lawn and get the garden ready for the coming months to ensure a long, healthy growing season.
We thought we’d help you out by putting some gardening tips together, to encourage you to get out in the garden!
- Lightly mulch beds and borders to keep down weeds and seal in moisture, this will be a godsend in the long run!
- Fertilize beds, borders and also fruit trees, also checking for the first signs of bugs and treating accordingly-an organic alternative is to attract unwanted bug-eating insects such as ladybirds into your garden and sow some wild flower seeds
- Now is a good time to prune bushes and shrubs before the growing season really starts
- Plant summer flowering bulbs-for example lilies and early spring flowers such as pansies, snapdragons and dianthus.
- Weed lawn and reseed if necessary, and cut regularly. The first cut should be a light one as the lawn will be delicate after the winter
- Sow hardy annuals and vegetables outside. It’s now time to plant up raised beds and large planters with vegetables such as; broad beans, Cabbages, carrots, celery, onions, parsnips and turnips. If you’ve saved seeds and bulbs over the winter, now is the time to sow the hardier ones
- Spring is a great time to start composting, if you don’t already of course!
- Tools and containers will need to be checked to ensure they are in good shape for the oncoming season
Refresh and revamp your garden timber
Check the condition of all your garden fences, posts, structures and stores, securing any loose joints and replacing weakened or broken items, damaged over the winter
- Wooden fences are particularly susceptible to damage from wind and wet weather, so do a thorough check after winter, replacing and repairing any necessary fencing
- Top off a plain, tired looking fence with a trellis top to add some interest and encourage your climbers
- Prepare for a colourful cascade of climbers this summer by adding trellis panels to your garden this spring, this can also be used as an effective screen to mask a dull or unsightly area
Brighten up your borders with some timber or willow edging. Edging keeps soil, gravel and bark tidy and adds a neat edge to a lawn. Happy Gardening!