The Basics of Preparing Your Garden for Spring

You might be emerging from the colder months, ready to tackle your garden for spring. It might be time to spruce up your garden, but maybe you just don’t know where to start? Don’t fret: here’s some of the basics to help prepare your garden for spring.

A good place to start can be a general clear up. Although it seems like a chore, it is the best way to make a start and prepare your garden for spring. Bulbs and plants are soon to show up- a lovely sign of spring! However, you’ll want to make sure your flower beds are clear of any broken branches or debris that may have accumulated in the wintry weather, to ensure your plants can grow well. Additionally, tend to your trees and bushes: trim off any broken or dead branches for the best chance of their development and growth in the spring. It’s also a good time to prune and shape any trees, ready for them to blossom.

Preparing your soil is also recommended. Firstly, remove any weeds by digging them up and out. Next, you’ll want to turn the soil with a fork; rake it and then add fresh compost on top. This will add nutrients to the soil so that it is in good condition for planting. Of course, by preparing your soil, you will have flower beds ready for any new plants and this will also start your garden looking neat and ready for spring.

If you’re hoping to plant new flowers, it can be a good idea to head to a local garden centre and ask for some advice on the best types of plant. Most garden centres should also be able to provide you with helpful information such as when to plant, how to plant, and discuss the type of garden or terrain you have- to ensure you find the most suitable purchases.

Try and set some goals to keep on top of your garden during spring, to promote the best ‘health’ and aesthetic for your garden. Once the flowers start blooming, you will need to ‘deadhead’ them, by cutting off the drooping or fading flowers. Do this from the green stem and it will encourage more flower heads to blossom. As Spring draws to a close, mulch is another recommendation to keep the plants and water beds hydrated for the summer months ahead, as it will break down over time and continue adding nutrients to your garden.

You might want to ‘plan ahead,’ or even dream up some creative ideas for your outdoor space! Perhaps you are hoping to add a rockery this year? Maybe you want to add a pond? Or it could be something more adventurous altogether? Whatever it is, take time to seek advice and source materials and equipment prior to spring. By doing this in advance, you’ll hopefully have your garden ready by the end of spring, so you can enjoy the summer months in a place you are pleased with- and hopefully you can enjoy better weather, too!

And don’t forget to give your lawn a good mow once you’ve taken the above steps! Check out our previous post for advice for choosing the best type of lawnmower for your garden.

 

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