We are nearly into February so here are a few tips on how to get your garden ready for spring. If you are thinking about selling your house, a well maintained front garden could give your house real curb appeal, and a back garden could be the vital selling point if it looks presentable and well looked after.
So what to tackle first - there are normally plenty of leaves, twigs and debris left over from autumn, so the first thing to do is to clear away any unwanted garden rubbish that has collected in your flower beds – this will give a chance for your plants to recover. Any leaves left on the grass could result in it decaying.
Although leaves are a great way of making compost they do take much longer to decompose than some other garden matter, so you would ideally need three bins, one for leaves, one for grass cuttings and another for twigs and garden waste.
The next step would be to clear away any weeds and cut away withered leaves and grass from cultivated parts of the garden.
If you turn over the soil at this time of year it will help the oxygen to reach the roots of your plants, as long as you make sure you don’t go to close to the roots, you’ll plants will look amazing.
If you have any fruit trees these will need pruning, but make sure you do this after the last frost or else your incisions could dry out the branches and cause damage to the trees. The best way to prune a tree is to remove any dead branches, cross branches, shoots and branches which point straight upwards.
Trim the hedges, winter and early spring is a good time to carry out this task so that you don’t get left with dead undershoots. However conifers are best cut in the growing period, once in early spring and once in mid summer.
Cutting the grass - you will need to make sure it’s as dry as possible. Remove any moss with a metal rake, and treat with weed killer and then re-seed, again after the last frost.
Patios, clean and treat any paths, the best results are achieved with a jet wash, but if you don’t have one you could buy some patio cleaner and use a brush and hose.
If you are thinking about growing vegetables and plants from seeds it would be a good time to start planning ahead, as most seeds need to be planted in the spring season.
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