Getting your garden Spring ready Getting your garden Spring ready

Getting your garden Spring ready

Homeowners are being told of ten jobs they should be doing now to get their garden ready for Spring. 

The experts at GardeningExpress.co.uk advise starting with the basics and keeping on top of weeds and cleaning the patio. 

With lighter days and sunny spells ahead there are plenty of jobs to be done in the garden to make sure it’s ready to enjoy as the weather improves.

Those who have neglected their garden during the winter months may find their garden needs a good clean up.

Now is also a great time to start preparing the soil for Spring planting as well as giving the lawn some much needed TLC.

Chris Bonnett, founder of GardeningExpress said: “If you want a beautiful garden for hosting in the Spring then you’ll need to start taking care of your outdoor space now.

“You’ll notice as the weather warms up weeds will start to come through, keeping on top of them now means you can prevent them from fully sprouting and causing yourself a bigger headache later on.

“While it’s still a little chilly outside you can begin to clean the patio and any other garden furniture.

“After that it’s time to work on preparing the soil for any spring colour you’ll be adding and any perennials that you’ll be adding to the garden.  

Think about your soil and adding in essential nutrients. Digging in  manure, compost or fertiliser will all help.”

How to get your garden Spring ready:

  1. Keep on top of weeding

Weeds tend to germinate in the Spring as the weather begins to warm up. Tackling them now as and when they come through means you may be able to prevent them from fully sprouting, saving yourself a job in the future.

  1. Clean the patio
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After the winter months, there will be a build-up of dirt and grime so your patio will need a good clean. This can be done with a jet wash, or by mixing water and vinegar together and scrubbing with a garden broom. Now is also a good time to clean up any garden furniture ready for hosting.

  1. Prepare the soil

Taking time to prepare your soil will give your plants the best chance at thriving as they grow. Depending on what you wish to plant, you may want to fill your soil with essential nutrients by adding things like manure, compost or fertiliser.

  1. Add spring colour

Add some spring colour with plants including violas, primulas and potted spring bulbs. These will give your garden an instant lift on the dullest of days.

  1. Don’t neglect the lawn

Tidy the edges of your lawn and prepare any new areas for sowing grass. Treat unwanted moss that has grown over the autumn and winter. To get rid of moss simply apply some moss killer or lawn sand.

  1. Keep slugs and snails at bay

Slugs and snails love damp, warmer weather so it’s best to take precautions now. You can  start scattering slug and snail pellets before they ruin your garden or use homemade alternatives like crushed egg shells.

  1. Check your tools

Now is a good time to assess your tools for any bluntness or rust. Good tools are key to a good garden so clean and sharpen things like shovels, pruners and secateurs accordingly.

  1. Add evergreen shrubs

Take a look at your garden and pinpoint the areas lacking coverage. It’s worth adding some evergreen shrubs to these areas to provide year round coverage for your garden.

  1. Plant bare-root roses
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Now is also a good time to plant bare-root roses as this can be done when dormant. Once the weather warms up they’ll start to grow in. This is a great way to get ahead of the growing season and save yourself a job down the line.

  1. Plant bare-root fruit trees

Bare root fruit trees can also be planted in March but you’ll want to prep your soil beforehand to give them the best chance at growing. Ideally you’ll want to plant these in a warm and sheltered spot in the garden.

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