Spring is finally in sight – the tell-tale signs of snowdrops and sprouting greenery can be spotted all around. As it is the season of new life and fresh starts – why not get ahead now and have your garden looking fabulous for summer?
There is no harm is venturing out into the garden as soon as spring is sprung, but use your time wisely! It is no good getting stuck into the soil until it is dry enough because walking on it will lead to compaction.
If your garden is looking a little worse for wear, fear not, we have devised the perfect guide for getting your garden ready for the warmer and sunnier months ahead. Moreover, if you feel like you just don’t have enough time to give it a good blitz, take advantage of our maintenance service.
- Clear your garden of debris, dead leaves and weeds
Tidy flowerbeds will promote better growth in your flowers and plants so give them a really good clear out.
Cut back all of the dead growth of your deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials, as they only bloom on new branches.
- Clean your greenhouse, gardening tools and trays
You want to make sure your greenhouse is ready for growing – an organised and clean growing area will produce successful crops and flowers.
Using a mild disinfectant, give the inside of the glass a thorough clean, as well as the outside of course. This should help to get rid of any harmful pests burrowed in the smallest nook and crannies, which could potentially ruin your plants and veggies.
While you’re there, wash your pots and trays to prevent harmful diseases and make sure you give your greenhouse a few days for ventilation before getting start with planting!
- Sow your early spring seeds
Spring can prove a tricky month when decided when to start sowing seeds. Be guided by the weather always, and ensure the weather is suitable for crops you want to grow.
You can begin to sow seeds such as aubergines and peppers as early as February. Obviously they will need to be sown in a heated propagator (or a suitable equivalent) to ensure the environment has a stable temperature. This will help promote great growth!
Outdoors (mild areas with light soil): carrots, parsnips, beetroot, onions, lettuces, radish, peas, spinach, summer cabbage, salad leaves and leeks.
Indoors: sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, salads and globe artichokes. Be guided by the weather and sow only if conditions are suitable!
- Fix garden fences, tools and protect furniture
Early spring is the ideal time to get those annoying – and necessary – jobs out of the way! It’s a good time to repair or repurchase any important tools, garden structures or fences before spring’s arrival to free up your time, which will give you more time for gardening.
Once the weather becomes dryer, we advise treating your wooden structures with a protective layer to maintain the quality.
So there you have it – a few jobs to keep you occupied (whilst patiently waiting for spring to kick in) and that will get your garden looking raring to go for the busy season ahead!
If you want a complete garden redesign or just need a helping hand in taming the wilderness in your back garden, please feel free to contact us regarding maintenance and landscaping enquiries here.