The South West London Gardener

How to Prepare Your London Garden for Spring


If you’re a lover of your garden, then you’re probably a lover of spring.

The mornings are brighter, you can spend longer under the sun in an evening, and the weather is warmer.

And they aren’t the only benefits, as when it comes to your garden, things are going to start to change.

Spring is the season your garden comes to life, but you must be prepared.

Getting your garden ready for spring is vital to making sure you get the most of it.

But, what should you be doing now to make sure you’re prepared?

Let’s take a look with these seven tips from the team at the Southwest London Gardener.

1. Tidy Things Up

Many of us are guilty of letting our garden go during the colder, darker months of the year.

It is easy to do, with much less time being spent in the garden during autumn and winter.

In the months leading up to spring, it is vital that you get your cleaning head on and go outside to have a tidy.

This means removing any green waste that covers your lawn, including dead leaves that cover your lawn, and picking up branches and debris that has blown its way onto your garden bed, and also cleaning spaces which you will be beginning to use a lot more, such as greenhouses and sheds.

By getting these clean now, you’re setting yourself up for a great start when spring arrives.

2. Prepare Your Soil

Chances are you’re going to be growing some lovely flowers or vegetables in spring, so getting your soil ready is vital.

There are several steps to this, starting with removing any weeds or debris that has found it’s way onto your planting area.

If you can, a soil test kit is ideal for testing the pH level and nutrient content of your soil, but if you don’t have one available, you should still look to add some organic matter.

Spread some compost over your soil and then turn it to make sure it has fully integrated into the area beneath.

Adding this now will make such your soil is full of the nutrients it needs and help to retain moisture.

Speaking of moisture…

3. Get Ready for Watering

Spring is an unpredictable month.

The days can be long, warm, and dry. Alternatively, there is a reason April showers is a common phrase.

The chances are that at some point in spring, you’re going to need to water your garden, and so you must be ready to do this.

If you have a water butt, make sure it is working properly and ready to start collecting water. This is a great, natural way of providing your soil and lawn with the water it needs.

Water butts can be purchased cheaply (or why not try recycling something into one such as old buckets and containers) and will provide a great source of nutrients when you need it.

And while the weather is improving, why not think about adding a water feature?

4. Get Your Summer-Flowering Bulbs Planned

If you’re looking to really bring your garden to life in the summer, then you need to start planting in the spring.

Some lovely, vibrant flowers such as lilies, dahlias, peonies, and more can be bought as a bulb and placed in the ground in the months of spring, so it’s always a good idea to have a plan of action before heading into the season.

A great way to keep your garden and your planting organised is to write up a calendar. This way you will know when to buy the bulbs and when to plant each specific one.

5. Get Your Tools Ready

The months before spring should be a time to assess what equipment you have, what condition it is in, and what you need to replace.

You are going to be needing your gardening tools much more over the next six months, and therefore while things are a bit quieter and you have more time, give them a quick service.

Whilst your looking ahead to spring, get an image in your mind of how you want your garden to look and what equipment you may need to get it there.

And don’t forget the essentials. If your wheelbarrow, trowel, shovel, or forks are looking a bit worn out, it may be time to get some new ones in before the busy season begins.

6. Take a Look at Your Garden Structures

Finding time to make fixes to your sheds, fences, gates, pergolas, and more, can be tricky.

In winter the weather stops you being able to work as much as you would like, and the dark nights mean hours outside are limited.

In spring and summer, access to all of these things may be limited as plants and flowers are in full bloom.

So when is the best time to do it?

Well, now.

In the month leading up to spring the weather is turning and the days are getting longer. While many trees and plants are not yet in full bloom, you have the ideal opportunity to get out there and make these fixes.

This will also make it much nicer to spend more time in your garden during spring without having to look at holes in your fence or a shed that is about to fall down.

7. Give Your Plants a Quick Trim

You want your plants to have the best opportunity to grow that they can have when it comes to spring.

A key method of giving them this is by pruning.

By cutting back any dead or damaged branches from your shrubs and trees you are giving your plants more space to breathe and this will allow them to grow a lot better.

While giving plants a quick trim, check on their location and their environment. Do they need moving somewhere else in time for spring? Is the area they are in going to be too crowded when they are in full bloom?

Now is the time to make sure your plants have the space they need to grow and are healthy, and pruning is just the thing to provide that.

Get Ready for Spring with The Southwest London Gardener

If you need a hand getting ready for spring and can’t get in your garden yourself, why not get in touch with the Southwest London Gardener.

Our team of experienced landscapers can tackle any job, no matter how big or small, and would love to give you a hand getting your garden spring ready.

For a free no-obligation quote, contact us today.