While the weather might be a little frosty and inhospitable at the moment, it won’t be long before the green shoots of recovery begin to appear – in the very literal sense. Just as we’ll soon be restoring our homes with an annual spring-clean, we’ll be giving our gardens the very same treatment. But exactly what might that treatment look like? Let’s run through a few of the tasks you’ll need to perform to get your outdoor living space fit for purpose.
Cleaning the Patio
Snow and rain can bring grime and dirt onto your patio, which can be pretty unsightly. Fortunately, it’s easily taken care of – either with the help of a strong brush or a pressure-washer.
Keep the lawn under control
Staying on top of the lawn is among the most important tasks for would-be gardeners. Winter-time might have inflicted a little bit of damage to yours, which you can repair with the help of a grass feeder. By keeping the grass adequately nourished, you’ll be able to stave off the growth of weeds that thrive in low-nutrient soils.
You’ll also need to stay in control of the edges. Using electric garden strimmers will help to restore your lawn, right up to the edges. A clean, straight edge will make the difference between a garden that looks neat, tidy and professional, and one that looks like a chaotic mess.
Prune Shrubs and Perennials
If you’re looking to encourage growth during springtime, then now is the time to go around pruning old branches and leaves. Exercise caution around the base of these plants, as you don’t want to inflict too much damage. If you’re dealing with blooming shrubs, you might want until after they’ve actually bloomed.
Before those weeds have a chance to claim a foothold, make sure that you get out and remove them. You’ll have an easier time yanking them up when the soil is moisture-rich and slightly warm, so do this during spring. While you’re at it, you can dig up any stray clumps of grass that might have encroached onto your flowerbed.
Compost the dead annuals
If you’ve got plants in your garden that aren’t going to grow back, then there’s little point in keeping them around. Yank them up and toss them in the compost – while ensuring, naturally, that you aren’t mistakenly yanking up the wrong plants.
Test your soil
Just as you’d taste a pot of soup before adding more salt and pepper, you’ll want to check your soil’s acidity before you begin supplementing it with compost. If you already have rich, soil, then you don’t need to add much – just a top-dressing of your fertiliser of choice.