Have you always wanted to have the perfect looking spring garden, filled with beautiful looking flowers and lush shrubs? Have your efforts fallen flat in previous years, leaving your garden with something to be desired? Ensure bountiful rewards from your spring gardening by following these helpful tips. Learn which plants would thrive in your garden during spring and how to care for your garden based on the season.
Clear Out the Garden and Clean It Up
When the first signs of spring begin to pop up, this is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and do some spring gardening. While there isn’t a lot you can do at the start, you can clean up the garden and give it what it needs to be healthy. This means removing any debris that has been collected during the winter months, fluffing up the soil (do so gently), adding organic material to break up the soil and giving the garden the appropriate fertiliser.
It doesn’t matter if you have a flower or vegetable garden – early-season care will be important to the garden’s success.
Spring Pruning Can Be a Big Job
Next, it’s time to do your spring pruning which, depending on the size of your garden, can be pretty extensive. Experts stress that this shouldn’t be done until there is no longer a threat of frost, however, so that may take until late April or potentially May depending on where you live. Some plants thrive with being cut back, as this allows for fresh healthier growth. It can be helpful to research the plants you have for specific pruning tips.
Don’t forget that pruning is also an opportunity to shape plants such as trees and hedges.
Choose Spring Plants for Colour
One issue you may have with your garden is that your flowering plants don’t flower until summer. This means you’re without that interest and pop of colour during spring. A good solution is to mix it up and ensure you’ve got colour for spring, summer and autumn – getting rewards three seasons of the year.
Some of the plants that are perfect for spring colour include:
Some of these are perennials whereas some are annuals.
Don’t Forget Lawn Care
While much of your attention may be focused on your garden, if you have a lawn, then lawn care also needs to be on the spring to-do list. After being dormant during the winter months, it’s time to give it nutrients for a fresh and healthy start. You can clean up all the leaves and debris that may have collected, give it a light gentle rake, apply fertiliser and you may want to do some seeding, especially if the weather is right.
By using these tips and advice, you’ll be able to give your garden the care and nutrients it needs to be healthy, look well-maintained and spark some lovely blooms in the early days and weeks of spring.