Top 5 Tips to Prepare your Garden for Spring
We may still be in the throws of Winter, but it is time to start thinking about preparing your garden for Spring. It is relatively standard to leave your garden mostly alone between October and January so as not to damage your brass and soil during the cold weather, but now is the time to start gently teasing it back to life. We have put together our five top tips to start getting your garden back into shape for the Spring time.
- Clean up your flower beds and borders.
Start with a general tidy up, removing leaves and other debris from your flower beds, lawns and ponds. If the soil workable, then you can dig a 5cm layer of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure into your empty garden borders.
- Clean your greenhouse.
Wash you greenhouse in time for Spring! Before you know it your greenhouse will be full of trays of seedlings and cuttings, so now is the perfect opportunity to get into the cracks and crevices with a broom and sweep out the old dirt and dust. Disinfect the surfaces with a hot solution of garden disinfectant. Be sure to disinfect the inside of the glass too – you don’t want any unwelcome pests or diseases infecting your new plants.
- Sow seeds that require a longer season.
In January and February you can start to sow seeds of plants that require a longer growing season such as Geraniums, Begonias, Peppers and Aubergines. They will need to be grown in a heated propagator or similar to ensure good growth.
- Install water butts.
Install water butts in your garden now to collect the seasonal rainfall. This helps the environment as well as collecting rainwater which is better for watering ericaceous plants such as Camellias, Rhododendrons and blueberries as tap water is often slightly alkaline. When you install your water butt, make sure that it is positioned below a downpipe to make the most of the rainfall.
- Fix fences, gates and trellis.
We know it’s cold outside, but now is the ideal time to get those niggly little jobs out of the way! Fixing any broken structures or tools now ensures that you have more time in the garden during the Spring and Summer. Be sure to treat your wooden structures with a wood preservative during dry periods.