Getting the garden ready after the winter months can sometimes feel like an arduous job and it can often take a while for it to start resembling the beautiful oasis you envisaged. Below we outline the key tasks you can undertake to kick-start an immaculate outdoor space.
To really give your garden some ‘oomph’, revitalising your lawn is a great place to start. During the winter, grass is neglected and put through harsh conditions, such as freezing temperatures and excess moss. This means that new growth will have struggled to push through and your lawn lacking the nutrients it needs to flourish.
Scarifying your lawn allows the grass to gain a new lease of life by removing the dead layer of moss and mulch. By gently raking over your lawn, fresh growth has the chance to prevail and by keeping up this technique over the next few weeks, you should see a transformation to a sumptuous spring lawn.
If you have some sparse patches of grass, March is the best time of year to start the reseeding process. Ensure you scarify first to really assess the damage.
Once you’ve completed the above, wait for a dry day to arrive and give your lawn a good mowing.
The warmer the temperatures get, the harder is to prepare your garden, as the ground begins to harden. Ensure you remember to put in any supports you may need for taller plants in March, as attempting to do this further along in the year, may cause unnecessary damage to your plants.
If you are a keen vegetable grower (or just starting out), now is the time to get your onions and shallots in the ground.
Make sure you plan, especially if you want a garden full of beautiful flowers in the summer. Get your summer-flowering bulbs in the ground now so they reach their full potential by the time the sun shines.
If you have any winter flowers in your garden, such as heather, winter flowering jasmine, and pansies, ensure you cut these back so that they don’t ruin the aesthetic of your garden during the spring. It will encourage new growth for next year too. You should also prune any bushes or climbing roses too, as these will be encouraged to grow when the warmer temperatures and April showers arrive.
Warmer weather, with damp conditions, encourages slugs to take over your herbaceous plants (and anything else they can get their feelers on), and although these molluscs play an important part in the ecosystem, they tend to cause problems for prolific gardeners.
There are many natural ways to reduce the number of slugs in your garden:
- Introduce other wildlife, such as hedgehogs, slow worms, beetles, and centipedes
- Draw their attention to other plants and vegetables, such as lawn camomile, which will stop them from eating your more desired plants or vegetables
- Create barriers utilising copper. Slugs are not fans of copper and you can easily buy cable or tape from garden centres. Even pennies would be effective!
Other top gardening tips
- Make sure your tools are in good working order and are clean and ready to start being used
- Attract more birds by providing high quality feed
- Install a small pond to encourage even more wildlife
- Add a top layer of fresh compost
- Remove damaged branches from trees
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