Advice: Spring gardening chores
Spring is upon us, the sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather.
Your garden needs some help getting back in condition though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the garden centre, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work.
Here are some tips for getting your spring garden green and beautiful by the time the season reaches its peak:
Clean up the garden from the winter months
It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves etc). Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back.
Revitalise the soil
Add organic material like compost or manure. You might also need to add more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.
Trim old plants
Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they’ll grow again in the spring. Make sure to wait until mid-April or May in case there’s an unexpected frost. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.
In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It also keeps the moisture in the garden and maintains the temperature. Remember to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.
Plant new flowers and shrubs
Once you’ve got the garden tidy and handled all of the old plants, it’s time to turn your attention to new plants.
You should lean towards planting more perennials over annuals, because annuals have to be replaced every year. This means you’re making an investment in plants that will die every year and require replacement. Perennials, on the other hand, last for two to three years and usually survive winter frosts.
What to do for the rest of spring?
Once your spring garden is up and running again, it’s time to look to the future and decide what to do with your garden next. It will need some care so it stays colourful and beautiful throughout the season. Here are some quick tips for garden maintenance throughout the rest of the season:
Plant some hardy annuals. Transplant seeds. Mulch.
Deadhead and remove bulbs. Prune flowering shrubs.
And then...............Enjoy your garden!
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Alex Britchfield | Partner | Davies & Partners