Spring is almost upon us. It won’t be long until the birds are singing and the weather improves to the point where it’s not painful to spend time in the garden! Some of the nation’s best-loved flowers bloom in spring, and it’s the perfect time to do the legwork in the run-up to summer. So it’s time to head down to your local garden centre and dust off your tools and get back to work.
Below are some essential tips to getting your spring garden green and pristine in time for the height of the season.
1. Clean out your garden space
In the winter months, gardens tend to lack the attention they need, so it’s time to clean your garden. Remove all the leaves, debris and other things that shouldn’t be there. Spend an afternoon weeding, making sure to attack the roots rather to ensure they don’t grow back. It’s a good time to do some much-needed tool maintenance, so sharpening your tools – as working with blunt tools will only impede your progress.
2. Trim old plants
You’ll need to prune plants that survived the winter, this will mean that you can take a step back and watch them as they grow anew! Blooming plants need to be pruned straight after they bloom so that you don’t cut future flowers. Summer plants need to be pruned early in the spring season.
3. Take care of your soil
Winter will likely dry out soil and make it ever more compact. Adding moisture to the mix will make it a more inviting environment for any future planning you have planned. You might have to test your soil to establish what nutrients it is lacking.
4. Have fun planting new flowers and watching them grow!
After all, the groundwork has been done and you’re at a comfortable starting point, look at planting new flowers and plants is a great way to add the colours of spring to your garden. Some flowers which bloom in spring include:
- · Daffodil
- · Early Purple Orchid
- · Lesser Celandine
- · Primrose
- · Snowdrop
- · Violet
- · Tulips
- · Crocus
Choosing any of the above flowers will really bring the spirit of spring into your garden and will bloom into a colourful display!
After you’ve got your garden primed and ready to go, it’s time to plan ahead and think about what to do with your garden. There are varying levels of commitment – you can implement a full landscaping project or you can focus on building up your plants and flora.
In upcoming blog posts, we’ll be taking a look at varying styles of gardens to give you inspiration and knowledge on what you can achieve in your garden in 2018.