Friday 18 January 2019

Preparing Your Winter Garden For The Spring

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Every year I plan to make a super early start on our garden so it's full of blooms come spring, but I'm always a little late to the planting party! This year though I'm keen to stick to my plan and have blooms in my garden come Easter! 

Wooden handled blue spade in a flowerbed with small plants in the background

We've put a lot of work into our garden over the years, with a new lawn, decking and patio but it needs a spruce up, a little bit of garden clearance and some TLC. I hoping an earlier start will mean we'll reap the benefits and enjoy our garden for longer this year.

Do you want to make an early start too? Maybe you want your garden to be a little more prosecco and barbecues and a little less weeding! Well, here's a couple of things to do to make your winter garden ready for spring! Oh and I should add that most of these tips come via Granny and are the things she tells/nags me to do each year! 

Weed and cutback!

Make a start by clearing the flowerbeds, pots and lawn of any weeds or dead plants. You can also cutback plants but always check beforehand if it's the right time of year to do it. Some plants will thrive from a winter trim but others will suffer. Not sure what's weeds or plants, what to cutback or not? Consider hiring local gardeners to tame the garden and help give you a fresh start.

Set seeds and plant bulbs!

Bulbs should really be planted well before January but according to the great garden king, and one of Granny's favourites, Monty Don you can still give them a try. Tulips and daffodils will flower first time around but crocus' might not. For seeds you'll need to set them in a greenhouse or inside to protect them from the cold weather. Sweet peas are a great colourful addition to your spring garden and will last through to the summer.

Clean and spruce!

It'll probably be too cold to do things like paint fences or oil decking but you can give the garden a good sweep and get rid of any rubbish or leaves. Pressure washing the patio will also help in reducing the winter grime and making it a much easier job when spring arrives. Don't worry if you haven't got a fancy pressure washer! A few buckets of hot soapy water and a garden sweeping brush will do the job! That said, it can get super messy so if you don't fancy getting grubby enlist a local gardener or handyman who offers gardening services instead.

Now, where are those gardening gloves.........

Mummy Snowy Owl

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