Published: 24 April 2017
The sun is shining, birds are singing and the days are getting longer. Here are our top five gardening tips to help you make the most of the lovely weather.
1. Clean out the garden
It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris such as leaves and rubble. Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back.
2. Bring your soil back to life
Because your soil is likely to have dried out after winter, it’s time to add moisture. Add organic material like compost or manure but you also might need to add fertiliser to improve the health of the soil.
3. Trim old plants
Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so that they grow anew in the spring. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.
4. Add mulch
In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, you should think about adding mulch to your soil. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. Mulch can be a mixture of leaves, grass cuttings, compost or bark and you can but this from most garden and DIY stores.
5. Plant new flowers and shrubs
Some recommendations for good spring plants include pansies, tulips and vegetables like lettuce and peas. You should lean towards planting more perennials rather than annuals as perennials last longer and usually survive winter frosts.