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How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

18th February 2020

Spring is right around the corner, and many of us are looking forward to getting our gardens ready for warmer weather and to nurture our gardens back to life with blossoming flowers. There are many ways to get your garden up to scratch, big or small. Here’s how to flip your garden so that it is ready to flourish this spring. 

Think about the layout


Before you start planting new bulbs ready to bloom throughout the spring and into the summer, this is your chance to consider moving around the layout of your garden. If you do not have a seating area already, then consider putting in a patio area or a decking. Be sure to position these in a place that gets a lot of sun, making it the perfect place to relax and entertain friends and family!

Invest in the right gardening equipment


Getting your garden ready can take a lot of effort, so having the right tools and replacing any that are worn out is a must. Not only will it make it easier, but it will ensure your garden looks nicer. A blunt strimmer, for example, won’t cut your grass well. 

You will want to invest in a wheelbarrow, a digging spade, fork hoe, garden gloves, a mower, and a petrol strimmer. Always look for trusted reviews so that you get the most out of your money, such as this guide on the best petrol strimmers.

Order bulbs and seeds


This is the ideal time to order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds as they are perfect for the wet and windy days we are currently experiencing. Plant these in the early spring for the best results and be sure to look after them properly. Bulbs to consider include:

·        Oriental Lily

·        Allium

·        Crocosmia

·        Freesia

·        Roselily

·        Dahlia

Unsure how to plant bulbs, then there are many helpful articles on how to plant bulbs and seeds properly.

Clean out your greenhouse


Give your greenhouse a good deep clean, ready for cutting in the spring. Wash the outside of your greenhouse with detergent so that you can remove moss, algae, and any general build-up of grime. You will want to keep your glass clean so that optimal sunlight can shine through and help with the growth. This will also keep diseases at bay so that your plants have a better chance at succeeding and growing – just be sure to disinfect the smallest of nooks and crannies, so bacteria can’t reside there. 

Be sure to sweep out any debris on the ground, wash the floor with a hot solution (of disinfectant) and wash any pots that are in there too. Test the ventilation of your greenhouse by leaving it open so that the greenhouse can dry out.

Keep on top of your greenhouse so that your plants can thrive. 

Tidy flower beds


It is easy to let your flower beds become in disarray throughout the winter, and borders can also become untidy and wild too. Clear borders so that they are back to bare soil, putting any dead matter you have cleared into a compost – this will become useful later on. 

Pull out all weeds and ensure they do not leave any seeds behind – you do not want them to germinate and cause problems down the line. Also remove leaves and cut back any dead growth that may have come through. 

Install a water butt


A water butt is a place for you to collect rainwater and then use the collected water on your garden. Winter rainfall is plentiful, and by harvesting it like this, you are reducing your carbon footprint and making your garden more eco-friendly.

Rainfall is the best for plants. This is because tap water can have alkaline in it, causing issues for the development of certain flowers.

Check fences and gates


The UK is prone to strong winds and gales, especially with storms appearing throughout winter. Check your gates and fences for any sign of damage or decay. You will want to speak with neighbours about boundary lines if anything needs replacing. 

Invest in a power washer and remove debris, dirt, and moss. A stiff brush is an ideal tool when it comes to getting rid of stubborn grime. If you want to repaint or stain your fences, you will have to wait for the fence to dry after being washed.

Have a composting area


Now is the time to have a composting area, if you don’t already have one set up. You can either build one yourself or if you do not have the time or skill to do so, buy a premade compost bin. Building one simply requires spare wood and securing the waste that you will be placing inside. 

Be sure to position your compost bin in an area that won’t impact the rest of your garden, especially the area you will be relaxing and entertaining in, as the smell can become quite fragrant. 

What makes good compost? You will want to have a mixture of grass clippings as well as vegetable peelings. When this breaks down, you will have a thriving compost mixture that your plants can bloom from. 

Take care of the lawn


Feed and rake your lawn once spring starts, as this will remove any dead grass cuttings and debris. You will want to remove this as it will help your lawn breathe and reduce waterlogging. Use this as an opportunity to fix any uneven areas and plant new grass seeds in places where the lawn is thinning. 

Look over your garden furniture


Winter can be harsh, and whether you have plastic, wicker or wooden furniture, you’re going to have to give it a bit of TLC. This means giving it a good clean and seeing whether anything is decaying. A simple, soapy water solution should be enough to revive plastic garden furniture.

You will want to clean any wooden furniture and then seal it with wood oil. By doing this, you will protect your furniture from any further weather damage. 

 

Posted by Mark at 3:44pm

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