With lockdown measures lifting and sunnier spring days filling the calendar, it’s time to give your garden a little spring spruce up. We asked one of our stockists, Dobbies, for some of their expert tips and tricks to get the garden spring ready.
It’s time to tackle unkept sheds. Recycle old pots and go through garden hand and power tools to check if everything is in working order or if anything needs repairing or replacing. This will help you stay organised later in the season – no one wants to discover a broken lawnmower when you’re about to give the lawn its first cut!
If you don’t have a garden shed, you may find that your garden can quickly look cluttered if used to store bikes, tools and muddy wellies, so if you have a small garden, then smart storage is essential. Look for benches that double up as storage boxes, outdoor boot racks, cushion boxes to keep garden furniture textiles dry in wet weather or a bin store with extra room to tuck away your garden toolbox.
Sweep paths and walkways to remove fallen leaves and debris. Keeping lawns clear where possible will help to avoid dead patches. Brush or rake growth of evergreen grasses to remove dead foliage
Hoe borders to remove weeds, feeding them with fertiliser and applying a thick layer of mulch to retain moisture and help keep future weeds at bay. Now is the ideal time for planting new additions to your garden, roots establishing quickly as soils warm during the
Rather than waiting until the good weather is here and everyone has the same idea, get planning for what you need, or will need, now. You don’t need much outdoor space to create something special – pretty hanging baskets, windowsills and patio pots provide the perfect containers to fill any home with colour and interest. Find out which way your garden faces and how much sun it gets during the daytime, as this will impact the types of plants and flowers that will grow best.
You might have already braved the outdoors for your first alfresco meal or perhaps you’re saving it for a brighter day. Either way it won’t be long before we’ll be enjoying the fun of outdoor cooking and alfresco dining again! If you’ve been home schooling or working from home at the kitchen table, having a separate outdoor dining space could add another area to unwind and relax. Give existing garden furniture a clean or why not invest in some new pieces? After all, updating your garden furniture is one of the quickest ways to transform a space.
They’re often forgotten about but houseplants need a little spring clean too – just wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, take off
any foliage that is yellowing and trim damaged leaves of larger plants with sharp scissors. Even the lowest maintenance plants require a repot – either annually or at least every two years and removing dust will also ensure your plant’s good health.