As the winter draws to a close, many keen gardeners should begin to think about how to preparing their garden for the spring ahead. Don’t let the icy chills and recent cold weather disheartened you, milder temperatures and flourishing shrubbery conditions are on their way! To make the most of the next season, read on for a guide to preparing your garden for springtime:
For real garden success, take the time to plan. Now is the ideal time to settle down with a nice mug of tea or coffee and a few good seed catalogues, or the modern-day equivalent – the web. Whilst it’s still cold out you can start planning the colour schemes and textures for the year ahead. If you’re feeling especially creative, and wish to further visualise your springtime garden in full glory, try online garden planning software. If you’d like to landscape your lawn, now is the time to plan out your design and research into turf or grass seed costs.
Before you’re able to get planting, get out in the garden and check the condition of your fences, trellis, plant pots and outbuildings. The winter may have taken its toll on your paintwork and pottery. Look out for cracks and damage that could affect the ability to uphold plants during the spring months; it might be time to head to the garden centre and stock up on the essentials ready for when seeding time comes. Don’t forget to check your garden tools too, if you’ve been promising yourself a new mower now’s the time to make the investment. Sanding and varnishing garden furniture will also help.
If your architectural grasses are looking a bit worse for wear, give them that much needed trim. You need to leave around 20cm of old growth so they are protected for any other upcoming frosts but fresh greenery will start appearing at the start of March. Sedum plants that have turned all mushy and brown will also benefit from a trim, whilst cutting the side shoots of your Prune Wisteria can also be done now to encourage flowers in early summer. The more trimming and pruning work you put in now, the less you will have to do come spring. If you are carrying out a lot of trimming it may be worth purchasing or hiring an electric trimmer, particularly if you are doing hedges and large bushes.
Despite the cold weather, unscrupulous weeds will no doubt have made their way between your paving stones and into the flower beds. Get out there and start dealing with them now. If you can remove them from the root, you’ll save costs on weed killer over the coming months and give your shrubberies the best possible chance. Consider hiring a weed burner which will completely destroy the weeds. They are available from any good garden tool hire company.
The First Mow of the Year
When the new trellises are up, your weeds are gone and you’ve planned out exactly where you’ll be planting come spring – the final sure fire way to get your garden ready is to do the ceremonious first lawn mow of the year. A freshly mown lawn, though a little grey at this time of year, gives an instant refresh to your whole garden. To finish off, make sure you give your lawn a thorough rake and remove any winter debris that has collected. Re-seed any areas that are particularly sparse and put some lawn feed/care formula to encourage colour and quality.
With all these tasks complete, and your garden looking a bit sharper, spring will seem that little bit closer! Now is a great time to get hold of gardening equipment, as it’s cheaper than in the peak season. Lots of great deals can be found online and in store. You can also hire equipment that is too expensive or you only need to use once a year from local tool hire companies.
There are some great tips on this video too from one of our “go to” sources for garden advice, MIGardener.