Spring is a time of year that’s just around the corner. It’ll bring the nation’s gardeners out in into their little patch of earth, to do all of the jobs that’ll get the garden looking (and functioning) its best in the summertime.
At this especially busy time, there are a lot of little tasks to get through. This is especially so if you’ve neglected your garden during winter. There’s therefore a lot that might be forgotten. Let’s take a look at some of the most important of them.
At this time of year, you’ll need to get out and start pruning your fruit frees – that is, if you didn’t do so in winter. This will ensure that they don’t grow too far out of control over the coming years, and that they flower as beautifully as possible.
Planting hardy crops
There are some plants which take a long time to grow. These include vegetables, like onions, potatoes, and artichokes, as well as some hardy annuals that’ll persist all year round.
It’s a good idea to divide up your perennials before they start growing and flowering during spring. The longer you leave this particular task, the more difficult it’ll be when you finally get around to taking care of it.
For much the same reason, now is a good time to tidy up your borders. Look through the flowerbeds and remove any leaves and other debris, and remove them. You might also wish to trim back any grasses and perennials that look to be getting out of control – especially if you haven’t been keeping on top of things during winter.
Control for pests
If you take a look at your plants, particularly around the crowns, then you’ll probably find an assortment of sheltering slugs and snails. Many pests and parasites can be manually removed; some, however, will need to be removed using a chemical pesticide. Ideally, this should be among the first tasks you get on with.
Fix fencing and gates
Now is a great time to take a look at your fences and gates. Perform a quick visual inspection to see that no screws or nails have come loose, and that hinges are working properly. Check the posts that secure the fence to the ground for signs of rot. If you find that any are significantly damaged, then replace them.
Then scrub the whole fence with a warm, wet scrubbing brush. Be sure that you don’t apply too much water, as this will heighten the risk of rotting. After you’re done, and the fence is properly and thoroughly dried, you can apply your choice of paint, wax or oil. Do this either with a roller, a spray, or a brush. The latter might be the least quick and convenient of the three options, but it’s also more accurate and less prone to creating a mess around the edges of your fence.
Of course, it may be that your fence is past its prime, in which case it’s a good idea to get it replaced during Spring so that you might enjoy it during the summer. North Wales fencing supplies can be bought from Richard Williams, a reputable timber dealer with stores in Ruthin and Llandudno.
Before long, your greenhouse will be bursting with green and pleasant life. That means you’ll need to bring in a number of different trays and pots. It’s vital, therefore, that you clean the greenhouse while it’s still empty. Use a disinfectant to clear the windows, and allow the maximum sunlight in. Make sure also that your greenhouse is well-ventilated, and free from pests.
Plant summer-flowering seeds
Now is a great time to get your summer-flowering bulbs and seeds into the ground. Lilies in particular need to be planted during early spring in order to give the most pleasing possible display. But they aren’t the only flowers that’ll come out during summer, so be sure to carefully research and plan your garden now, and get your bulbs and seeds into the earth. Then you need only water and wait before enjoying a spectacular display of flowers.
Enjoy your garden!
Our final tip is perhaps the easiest to follow – this is a time of year when the weather turns decidedly sunnier, and your garden will grow suddenly greener and better to look at. If you don’t enjoy it, then there’s little point in gardening in the first place. So be sure to take a moment to sit back and take in the fruits of your labour!