Garden Tips: Preparing for Spring

Posted: 3 February 2015 by Higgins Homes

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There's no doubt about it, the days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and there have even been a few days recently when there has been a definite sense of warmth in the air. That means that spring is on the way and while that can mean many different variations when it comes to the UK weather system, if you're lucky enough to have a garden it's just about the right time to start preparing it for the change in seasons.

1. Have a clean out. Gardens tend to get slightly neglected during the winter months when no one really wants to go outside and the protection of a layer of fallen leaves or garden debris can sometimes be a good thing. However, when spring shows signs of arriving it's time to start cleaning up clear leaves and debris from beds and borders, cut back dead growths and, as long as the soil isn't frozen, add a layer of compost or green waste to empty soil borders and dig it in.

2. Do some maintenance. When your garden is just starting to wake up from winter is the perfect time to take care of jobs that you can't do when it's in full bloom in the summer months. This could be anything from moving a badly placed deciduous shrub to fixing trellises and fencing and inspecting plants for pests such as slugs, snails and aphids.

3. Start sowing seeds. If you're planning to grow plants such as geraniums or begonias that need a slightly longer season then now is the time to start planting. At this time of year you can't just sow straight into the garden soil so you'll need to keep them in warm conditions, such as a heated propagator to make sure that they get off to a good start growth-wise.

4. Don't start to work the soil too soon. The accepted wisdom is that if your garden is still soaked by snow or spring rain then it's too early to start working it and you'll just end up with big clumps that will be almost impossible to break up at a later date. The test for your soil is to pick up a clump, squeeze it into a ball and then drop it if it shatters easily then it's dry enough to dig, if not then it's still too full of water.

5. Plan while you're waiting. If you're getting impatient then why not start the planning stages of your spring garden. You can do everything from buying seeds to collecting cuttings and plotting out the design of the garden while you wait for the weather to get warmer the anticipation will make the whole experience much more exciting even if it's still cold and wet outside.

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