After the cold, harsh conditions of British winter, your garden may be a little worse for wear. Springtime is a great time to get back outside and do some gardening to restore your garden to its former glory. Here are some great gardening tips that you can use this springtime.
Begin the weeding process before they really start to spread around your garden. Wait for perfect conditions to weed your garden. Typically, you should pull out weeds when the conditions are wet or damp. When the garden begins to dry up, use a hoe to extract weeds from your garden.
When planting your new plants, putting them closer together will bully out weeds as they are not given the space or light that they need to grow properly.
Mulching is another way of helping keep the weeds at bay by restricting them of light, whilst keeping your soil cool and moist for other plants to grow and flower. Using organic mulches like bark nuggets or wood chips can be the host for weed eating insects like crickets and carabid beatles.
As the winter passes and the temperature starts to rise, make the most of this time to plant seeds in the garden. The soil will be of a good temperature as well as providing a sufficient amount of moisture. As the days get longer and the sun comes out for longer periods of the day, it makes for perfect growing conditions for your seedlings.
Get to work on defining the borders in your garden. Not only will this help you keep things tidy, but you will be able to remove any further weeds that have crept over into areas you don’t want them. Keeping your lawn separate from flower beds will make it easier for your maintain the two throughout the coming months.
Spring-flowering bulbs are debatably one of the best additions to your garden if you are looking to add life and colour to your outside space. The brightness of the flower from the likes of the galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop) or narcissus (commonly known as the daffodil) can really add vibrancy to your garden and will also attract pretty insects like butterflies and bees, making it a haven for wildlife.
Spend some time getting your lawn back into good health by running it over with a lawnmower towards the middle of spring. You can then begin to plant more grass seed on any patches that have been damaged for the previous months.
Once you’ve planted grass seeds, be sure to cover up the patches with a wire mesh to prevent animals, pets or humans from walking over it.
Ponds are a great addition to any garden. You can use your pond to grow water dwelling plants that will oxygenate the water. This means you can keep fish in there. To ensure the water circulates properly, be sure to use a water pump to recycle and oxygenate the water further.
Cover the pond with a fine mesh to prevent any predators from getting to your fish.
Now that spring has arrived, we hope you can use these tips to get out and maximise your time in the garden to add more colour and life to your garden.