Job #1: Tidying up
The first job to help get your garden looking shipshape this Spring is to get out and get tidying! Gather debris such as fallen rotting leaves, prune plants and shrubs such as rose bushes, and cut back any dead stems, foliage and flower heads left for protection during frosty weather.
It’s also time to start dusting off the lawn mower and tending to your grass, once a few dry days have passed. Whilst you’re at it, why not look at some essential tool maintenance too by cleaning and oiling where needed.
Job #2: Proactive planting
In March it’s time to get your borders, beds, greenhouses and allotments in order. It’s your last chance to plant out bare-rooted fruit trees, and the ideal time of year to plant our onions and garlic and chit potatoes. For those with greenhouses and polytunnels, March is a great month for sowing peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, but if you’re thinking of sowing seeds outdoors focus on hardier plants such as lettuces, radish and leeks – just be guided by the weather and ensure outdoor conditions are suitably mild.
To make sure your garden has colour throughout the year, plant our summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and plant out hardier flowers such as Bellis and pansies.
Job #3: Give your plants an extra boost
It’s vital to give your plants a great start to the season by ensuring each gets the nutrients it needs to bloom this spring and summer. Mulch your borders and ensure plants such as roses and other shrubs are fertilised as necessary – and always using natural and organic fertilizer where possible! It’s also key to make sure your plants aren’t fighting for food or water, so ensure your borders are thoroughly weeded.