Congratulations to all gardeners out there. You’ve successfully made it through the harsh winter weather and spring is starting to poke its head out of the thawing ground. That’s right; the sun is shining a little more, the birds are singing and it’s time to start getting your beloved garden back into shape. We’re sure you would have been looking forward to laying on your rattan garden furniture and enjoying a summer’s BBQ at last.
So pull out those tools, roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work.
- A spring clean
The wild winter winds can sweep a lot of unwanted debris into your garden, so it’s time to put on those gloves and start clearing everything out. This could be leftover snow, leaves, twigs, etc. Now is also the time to start getting rid of your weeds by the roots to avoid them re-emerging in a few weeks time.
Spend some time with your tools, too. Sharpen them and replace ones that are getting a little too worn. You’re going to need them in the upcoming weeks and months for soil care and plant maintenance. Having the best tools to hand will make your jobs so much easier.
- Give your soil a boost
Winter is known for drying out your skin and taking all the moisture, and it’s exactly the same for the soil in your garden. Add an organic material to your existing soil like manure or fresh compost which will help bring back some much-needed moisture. You might need to test your soil to find out the exact ingredients that it needs. Adding a bit of fertiliser can also help make your soil even healthier and will help to increase the lifespan of your plants in the long run.
- Trim and prune
The winter months are a tough and trying time on your plants. Those that made it through are going to need a little TLC to ensure they reappear stronger than ever in the spring. If you live in an area that’s prone to unpredictable weather even throughout spring, wait until April or May to give your plants a prune.
If your plants bloom, be sure to prune them right after they have bloomed to avoid getting rid of future flowers. Flowers that you expect to appear in summer should be pruned in early spring.
- Mulch ado about nothing
In addition to giving your soil a boost by adding compost, mulch is your new best friend when it comes to creating healthy spring soil. A couple of inches of mulch on your flower beds has all kinds of benefits, including keeping moisture inside, maintaining the right temperature, and preventing weeds and diseases. Remember to keep the mulch a few inches away from the stems of plants to avoid rotting roots.
- Get some new plants in the ground
Once you’ve got all the hard work out of the way, it’s time to get down to the fun stuff and bring some new plants into your garden. Here are our top recommendations for perfect spring plants:
- Vegetables e.g. peas, lettuce, arugula
At this time of year, steer clear of your annual plants and stick with perennials. Annuals have to be replaced every year, as opposed to perennials that can last for two to three years and are far better adapted at surviving harsh winter conditions.