The official start of Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start preparing your garden.
From bringing your potted plants back outdoors, to planting up your borders and mowing the lawn, here are our top tips on how you should spend this weekend in the garden.
1 > Move your Potted Plants Outdoors
Most outdoor potted plants need to be moved indoors during the Winter months to protect them from fast changing temperatures and frost, but the lack of sunlight and synthetic heat can damage the plants if left indoors too long. When transitioning the plants back outdoors it’s important to remember the following…
- The change in light from indoors to out can be intense, so do not place your plants in direct sunlight to begin with. Instead, choose a shady spot in the garden and over the next few weeks begin to move the plants into sunnier spots
- The clocks may be changing and the weather may be warmer, but it’s still important to be wary of frost, especially after a clear night
- These plants will need more watering and care against pests, but be sure to pay close attention as overwatering can have detrimental effects
2 > Start Sowing Seeds
Whether you are beginning to work on your fruit and vegetable patch, growing some beautiful sweet peas or replanting your borders for Spring, this is what you should be focusing on in March…
- If you want to grow sweet peas this year, then it’s the perfect time to start sowing. Find a deep pot, lightly fill with soil and pop seeds straight into surface about 2cm below soil (we recommend adding 2-3 per pot) and watch as they begin to sprout in the next two weeks
- Begin to plant up your borders with a base of shrubs by opening up the soil using a fork, mixing with compost and then placing shrub into soil. Once the soil is built up around the shrub, be sure to give it a good water and keep an eye on it over the next few days. You can also begin to add more hardy perennials like foxgloves or geraniums
- It’s the perfect time to start focusing on that vegetable patch; sow the seeds of carrots, broad beans, cauliflower and lettuce and dig out around your fruit trees to remove any conflicting roots
3 > Mow the Lawn
- If the weather stays dry then take advantage and mow the lawn. Be sure to make sure the grass is clear of anything which may clog up the mower, and set the blades to cut a little longer to avoid the lawn looking brown. As the weather gets warmer you will need to do this about twice a week, but for now once a week is fine
4 > Weed the Garden
Once Weeds have taken over the garden it can be extremely difficult to get them under control, but ensuring they are gone before you begin planting will make it much easier in the long run.
- Before you begin planting, spend time turning over the soil and mulch a thick layer of bark chippings and leaf mould to prevent weeds from growing up and keep the soil beneath moist
- Use your hands to remove the heads of all weeds as soon as you see them growing, and later go in with a hand weeding tool to lever all the roots out of the soil
- If you find weed growing in your potted plants, it’s best to remove by hand and then place pebbles or shells over the soil to prevent regrowth