Gardening, enjoying wildlife, and relaxing in your outdoor space is a therapeutic way to start the new year. Not only does it brighten your green space and give a boost to your mental health, but offers those remote working amidst COVID a much needed (and well deserved) breath of fresh air.
But as the evenings get lighter and spring becomes closer, it’s important to prepare your garden for maximum enjoyment and relaxation all year round. So, if you’re planning on making the most from your outside space this spring, here are five ways to make your life easier as the season gets busier.
1. Clean, clean, clean
The first step to preparing your garden for spring is to carry out any cleaning and maintenance tasks. Things such as sweeping, pressure washing patios or decking, cleaning greenhouses, sharpening tools, and any other essential gardening jobs you can think of.
The late winter is a perfect time to complete these tasks. It gives you enough time to get everything ready, just before the growing season really kicks off.
This is also a fantastic time to install new fencing or a shed, as well as equipment such as water butts. Why not make the most of a quieter season for your garden? You’ll then be fully prepared for the busy gardening months ahead.
2. Take care of your lawn
Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of your garden, locate your mower – it’s time for your lawn’s first cut of the season.
Before you get started, though, ensure the grass is relatively dry and frost free, as mowing in these conditions can cause damage to the turf.
Tip: Don’t forget to edge your lawn for a neat and tidy finish. Below is an example of DuraPost being used for edging. The style gives a unique look that can be matched to your fencing and wider landscape.
3. Prune those plants
Pruning and cutting back the plants in your garden is extremely beneficial. Not only to help keep your plants looking great, but to encourage strong new growth for improved plant health.
Most trees and shrubs should be pruned in late winter or early spring, just before the onset of new growth. However, the right time to prune will depend on the type of plant, the desired outcome and the severity of pruning needed.
4. Don’t forget mulching
If you didn’t know already, mulching is a great way to rejuvenate your soil and get it in the best possible condition ready for the seasons ahead. It involves adding an organic layer of material to the surface of your soil, improving soil moisture and fertility, as well as reducing weed growth.
Generally speaking, mulch will protect the layer of soil for a certain amount of time before decomposing. This means the mulch will have to be replaced once the soil has used all its nutrients during the decomposition.
5. Create a Spring planter
And finally, moving onto the more ‘exciting’ part of your outdoor care – it’s time to think about planting your spring flowers.
Spring blooming bulbs can be planted at any time, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. So, if the weather permits, why not have a go at creating a spring planter? This will provide your outside space with a splash of colour as they begin to flower in spring.
Primroses, violas, daffodils, and tulips are all popular choices, but have a search around for different species that take your fancy.
Need help with your garden? Our expert team at Birkdale can help. From anything fencing-related, through to gates, posts and accessories, through to garden lighting, as well as tools, and fixings, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch today and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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