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7 Spring Gardening Tips

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There is no better time than the beginning of spring to get to grips with your garden. The wet and windy weather has passed, the sun is beginning to shine again, and the nights are growing longer.

Spring is a great time to be outside, and it’s also a great time for your garden.

With the change of the season comes the opportunity for many seeds to be sown and many plants to grow, so make sure you’re ready to make the most of it with these seven top tips on preparing and maintaining your spring garden.

Start with the Big Jobs

There’s a sweet spot at the beginning of spring when there is still an element of calm. The ground is still tough to work on and everything you have planted is still dormant under the soil.

But this isn’t a time to take a breather.

The period at the end of winter and the beginning of spring is a great time to handle the big, hardscaping jobs. That fence that blew down one blustery December night? Now you have the time after work to get in the garden and fix it.

That worn-out looking shed that’s been desperate for a lick of paint, but it’s always been too wet? There’s no time like the present.

When the plants begin to bloom and the vegetables begin to appear, you’ll have plenty on your hands, so ticking these jobs off your list nice and early is a great way to get the season started.

Clear Out the Dying Plants

Winter can be a tough time for plants and trees. With freezing temperatures and high winds, most of them simply don’t make it through to Spring.

There are two important reasons why going through your plants and trimming the dead sections off is vital for spring garden maintenance.

Firstly, a big reason to grow plants is to bring some colour to your garden. The bright shades that bloom at this time are one of the reasons people love the season so much, so make sure that the dead leaves and branches aren’t the thing that’s catching the eye instead.

Secondly, plants need space to grow. By removing the dead sections, you are stopping your plants and trees from overgrowing, and allowing the healthy parts to have more space to bloom and grow into.

Dead branches on trees are also liable to fall in strong winds, so making sure all trees are cut back is vital for maintaining a clean and safe garden.

Look After your Lawn

Your lawn goes through a lot.

When spring comes round, taking an afternoon to assess the impact the cold months have had on your grass can be the making or breaking of your spring garden.

It is always a good idea to feed your lawn in spring. This will give it a burst of strength and make sure it is looking healthy and green, just like the rest of your garden.

Spreading some grass seeds and fertiliser at the beginning of the season will benefit your lawn for the rest of the year, so make sure that is a box you tick straight away. Within a month or two, you should really see a difference in the vitality of your lawn.

Have a look for weeds and bare patches and if you have any issues, look to fix them by digging the weeds up or killing them, and growing your grass.

Finally, the lawn is important, and it’s important that it looks right. No one likes an overgrown lawn, so give your mower a quick check at the beginning of spring. When the weather gets hotter, you’re going to need it.

Plant Your Vegetables Early

Growing your own vegetable has a bunch of benefits, both mental and physical. That’s why when winter comes round, it can be tough for some people who can’t grow as much as they want due to the cold soil conditions.

As spring appears, it can be tempting to get all of your seeds in the ground as soon as possible, but in the early weeks the ground is still cold, and you could be wasting your time, resources, and space if you plant too early.

But fear not. This doesn’t mean you have to wait until the weather heats up, as there are some plants that can survive in colder soil and can be planted before spring begins. In fact, the colder soil can boost germination in these vegetables, and provide results quicker than if you planted later.

If you’re a fan of broccoli, peas, brussel sprouts, potatoes, and cabbage, then you’re in luck as these will all survive the colder conditions, meaning they will be already planted and ready to thrive as the weather and the soil gets warmer.

Take the Spring-Cleaning Outside

Everyone has a dream garden in their mind. Warm sunshine falling onto luscious green grass with brightly blooming flowers adding a burst of colour.

What most people don’t have in their dream garden are debris and rubbish.

When people use the term ‘Spring cleaning’ they often mean the interior of their house, but the outside area needs just as much love.

To make your garden look the best it can, and provide the best growing environment, it is important to clean up the debris that is still there after winter. This includes fallen leaves and branches that can occupy most of the garden floor.

It is also wise to remove mulch from garden beds and to take a quick look through your flowers and plants to remove any weeds or dead sections.

Spending a day cleaning is a great way to get back into the swing of things and will provide the perfect platform to mastering your spring garden design.

Choose your Flowers Wisely

When it comes to spring, decisions need to be made.

In the months of March and April, it can be an ideal time to plant some flowers that will then emerge in the summer. The only problem then, is which one do you pick?

Some great flowers that can be planted in March are fuchsias, sunflowers, dahlias and sweet peas.

There are many different garden designs people like to go with.

Some like to coordinate colours, some like to keep a minimal approach with flowers spread out, and some like huge collections of flowers right next to each other.

Take some time to think about how you would want your summer garden to look in terms of colour and design and choose the flowers that you think will look best.

The work you do now will be worth it later when your garden comes to life with summer-flowering plants.

Turn the Greenhouse into a Clean House

You might have been busy in your greenhouse over the winter.

If you still love to grow throughout the colder months, a greenhouse is essential to maintain your hobby.

Greenhouses get even busier in the spring as they provide the perfect, tried-and-tested place for plants to grow.

In fact, even the Romans felt the benefit of using greenhouses on their growth.

So, while you are enjoying the calmer period in early Spring, it’s a good idea to have a quick clean.

Firstly, the glass can get mucky and covered in mould throughout autumn and winter, so a quick wash and wipe down will make sure it is still the perfect environment for growing.

There is also the possibility that harmful bugs and insects are living inside your greenhouse, including red spider mites and glasshouse whiteflies, that may put an end to the life of your plants and vegetables before they even grow at all.

If you can empty your greenhouse and really give it a good clean out, you will be sure that everything you put in there over the spring and summer is in the best place possible to be healthy and prosperous.

Final Thoughts

Many garden-lovers sit through the cold and wet days eagerly awaiting the turn of spring.

When it does arrive, it’s important to make sure your garden is ready. Maintaining your spring garden with these seven top tips is the perfect way to ensure your garden is healthy and ready to grow throughout the warmer months and beyond.

For more information on how the team at The South West London Gardener can help you maintain your Spring garden, why not visit our contact us page and leave an enquiry?