Many homeowners take spring as a chance to inject some freshness into the home. Through colour, scent, and by opening up the windows to let some fresh air in.
However, it’s not just the inside of your home you should be thinking of, but the garden too. The garden can easily become a little bit rough round the edges over winter. Harsh weather conditions such as bitter cold and strong winds can cause damage to any shrubs, plants and bulbs. If it’s a particularly wet winter, the excessive amounts of rain can also kill your grass.
Thankfully, the damage is nothing that can’t be fixed with some attention. Within no time, your garden can be blooming with colourful flowers, healthy green grass and ready to be enjoyed in the sunshine over the coming months.
Our top tips for getting your garden spring time ready
Have a general tidy up
The first step is ensuring any debris, dead leaves or dead plants are removed from the garden. Don’t be afraid to rip out a fair amount. The bare garden might look sad, but there’s no point trying to save plants which are already dead. So put on your gardening gloves, fetch a kneeling pad, and start tidying.
Prune your shrubs
The end of winter is a great time to prune certain shrubs and bushes, such as flowering trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens and perennials.
Pruning involves cutting back and removing certain parts of a plant, such as branches, bulbs or roots. It occurs when the plant is outgrowing its space, begins to look messy or only parts of it are dead and can be removed while the rest can be saved.
The tools you’ll need are hand pruners, loppers and a pruning saw. Take a look at the below video for a guide to pruning.
Soil can become hard and compact over the winter due to the cold weather. To loosen it up again, use a sharp spade or tiler. Add compost, as this will improve the soils texture, nutrient content and moisture-retention. Then rake the soil, and add a small amount of water, to make it the perfect base to grow spring plants and flowers.
Plant new bulbs
Planting bulbs is a very straight-forward process once you’ve prepped your garden accordingly. Most bulbs come with planting depth guidance but in principle, dig a deep hole, place the bulb, water thoroughly and cover. Just ensure the crown is at soil level so the plant can pierce through.
One thing to consider is spacing – make sure each bulb isn’t too close to another, otherwise your garden might start to look a little over crowded.
If you’ve just moved into a new build home, this is the stage where you can start to shape how you want your garden to look.
Water and keep check of your garden
It’s important to keep an eye on your garden to make sure your soil stays in a good condition, and plants are healthy when growing. Be sure to keep watering and use a plant fertiliser monthly.
If you follow these tips this spring, then your garden will look beautiful in no time.