The weather may be a little chilly, and the ground is still covered with frost, but the sound of birds singing and the sight of shoots pushing up through the ground can only mean one thing: spring is on the way!
One of the best things about spring is that we get to use our gardens again and make the most of our outdoor spaces. When autumn arrives, we normally clear everything away and often neglect the garden until the new year, and now that spring is on the way there’s no better time to get outside and get your garden ready for the season ahead.
Wondering where to start? Read on for 5 tips to get your garden ready for spring.
Update your lighting
The arrival of spring means you’ll want to start using your garden as soon as possible, so while the evenings and mornings are still a little dark, why not update your outdoor lighting solutions and bring your garden back to life with some beautiful LED lighting? You can even install smart light bulbs outside so you can illuminate your outdoor space without leaving the warmth of your home. Having good outdoor lighting is also great for your home security.
Get your gardening tools ready
You may not be overly green-fingered, but even the most basic of gardening tasks require good gardening equipment to do them effectively. So, head to your garden shed and give all your gardening tools a good check over. Clean and oil all the components, sharpen any blades and make sure everything is in good working order. Keeping your tools in good condition will make your gardening tasks easier.
Clear out as much as you can
Winter is often very harsh on our gardens. From debris to leaves, rubbish, mulch and even damaged trees and bushes. Take this time to clear away any garden weeds or debris. Make sure your lawn and your flowerbeds are clear and ready to be worked with.
When you’ve cleared the soil from debris and weeds, re-energise it to get it ready for planting. Turn the soil over with a pitchfork and then rake it thoroughly. This should remove any weeds you may have missed! Then by adding some fresh compost, your soil will be ready to go!
Check your boundaries
You may have experienced some pretty harsh weather conditions over the winter months, and this kind of weather can play havoc with your fences and boundaries – take some time to check the limits of your property and make repairs where you need to. If you have pets or children, fences must be safe and secure whilst they are having fun outdoors, so make this a priority.
Got all the right supplies?
Planting up getting the garden ready for spring
Once you’ve checked your tools, take stock of what supplies you have and what you may need to replenish. Things like fertiliser and compost are a necessity for anyone wanting to grow beautiful flowers and plants. You may also need some more flower pots, or tubs, chicken wire, twine or a new watering can!