Spring may still be a couple of months away, but with lockdown likely to be with us for a while (and many of us going stir crazy!), there’s no better time to start preparing your garden ready for the Vernal Equinox. So what will you need to do? Well, follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll have your garden looking great in no time at all!
1). Pull up those weeds and remove garden pests
This is the backbreaker! The job that nobody wants to do… But it’s also one of the most important. Getting rid of those nasty weeds can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your garden. And while you’re removing the weeds, keep a look out for slugs, snails and larvae hiding amongst the soil and foliage. Getting rid of these pets now can save you a lot of time later down the line!
2). Maintain your fences, trellises and decking
The Winter months can leave your fences, trellises and decking in need of some love and attention, particularly with the downpours we’ve been experiencing! First thing’s first – use your ‘eagle eyes’ to check for any damaged fence panels and decking boards and replace sections which are beyond repair. Next, get the power washer out and give them a really good clean to remove any debris, moss and mildew which has accumulated over Winter. Once they are clean and dry, finish off with some varnish, paint, or preservative to breathe some life back into the old wood!
3). Clean your garden furniture and tools
If you’ve followed our previous tips on storing your garden furniture, then they may only require a quick wipe down. But if you’ve left your furniture outside during Winter (we’re not judging you honest!), then they will need a bit more hands-on care. Depending on the material, you may get lucky… Aluminium and stainless-steel furniture is very robust and can handle all types of weather. Wood on the other hand is a magnet for mould and mildew, so will need a really good clean-down with soap and water. To keep it protected throughout Spring and Summer you may also want to paint or varnish, or add wood protector, to keep it looking spick and span throughout the year.
4). Tidy up your borders and flower beds
Winter can really leave its mark on your borders and flower beds, so they will be in need of some care and attention to get them looking great again. Start by removing leaves and debris from the soil and cut back the growth from any grasses and perennials which are out of control. Dig out any old organic matter from your flower beds and turn your soil to allow it to aerate. Now will also be a good time to dig in any compost, manure, or recycled waste, ready for the Spring.
5). Order your seeds and bulbs ready for the Spring
Phew, you’ve done all the hard work, now for the fun part! Start planning how you want your garden to look and which plants will take pride of place. Get creative and check out resources on-line to start creating the garden of your dreams. Check out gardendesign.com or countryliving.com for some garden design ideas. And remember, we have a wide variety of plants in-store including shrubs, hedging, perennials, climbers, roses, and alpines.
If you’re feeling adventurous and are thinking of updating your garden furniture, check out our wide range of stylish sets online ranging from dining sets and bistro sets, to benches, sofa sets and gazebos!