Winter tends to be quite a quiet time when it comes to the garden, but with spring showing signs of appearing soon in full force, it's time to get your garden ready for the months ahead. Your plants and flowers won't just transform overnight into a beautiful spring sensation, they need preparation and nurturing, as well as a bit of a make over to tidy up your whole garden.
By getting your garden in order and fully preparing for spring, your home and garden will look fantastic when the warmer months roll around. It just takes a bit of hard work and dedication, but the results will definitely be worth it.
Sanitise Your Garden
The first thing to do is to give your garden a bit of a spring clean. Over winter it will have collected quite a bit of debris and dead leaves, so clean up your paths using a rake and give your lawn a good cutting.
Check your plants to make sure that they are all healthy and aren't becoming diseased and check that you haven't got any pests eating away at your greenery. If you have, be sure to cut any diseased areas of plants off and lay down pest control.
Buy and Order Seeds
This can be one of the most exciting parts when it comes to preparing your garden for spring. Look through the seed catalogues and any online sites and pick out the plants and flowers you want to have in your garden.
Some great flowering bulbs to choose from include Gladiolus and Ranunculus – if these are planted in early spring they will produce a beautiful display of colour in the summer months.
Weed and Compost
The early months of spring are the best time to fight any weeds that have made an unwelcome appearance over the winter. The best idea is to wait for a day when it has rained all morning – weeds are much easier to pull out of damp soil.
Start a new compost pile – any old plants and leaves can go on the compost pile, but its best not putting weeds on as they may come back to haunt you. Find a flat area in your garden and set up a basic composting system using an old bin with some holes punched in it or even just a small area cordoned off with mesh fencing.
Test Your Soil
Take a garden fork and break up your existing soil to check the current quality of it, this will aerate it and loosen it ready for planting. Take some well rotten compost and work it into the soil so that your seeds and bulbs will have the best chance when you come round to plant them.
If your soil is dark and soft then it won't need much compost adding to it, but if your soil is pale and hard then you will need to add approximately three to five inches of good organic compost per square foot and mix it well into around 18 inches of your existing soil.
Check Your Tools Out
The chances are, your garden tools won't have been touched for months on end, so they may not be in the best condition. Rub linseed into the handles of any wooden tools you have and clean the metal parts using a wire brush. Clean any tools that will be used to cut plants with turpentine and wash that off with denatured alcohol.
Get your lawn mower serviced, as you don't want to end up stuck with a list of repairs when you finally need to mow your lawn regularly. Small engine repair shops will help you and sharpen the bladed, clean the carburettor and flush the fuel lines out.