Spring is Coming: Prepare Your Garden for the Upcoming Season

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Spring is one of the most wonderful times in a year because it allows us to witness nature’s awakening. Gentle spring rain and warm sun rays make everything better, and it feels like every single blade of grass is striving for the sun. Some might say that spring gardening is all about planting flowers, but those with a bit more experience know better: shaping the trees, taking care of the soil, and planting new plants are all very important, and here’s what you should know.

Clean it up

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We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but with your garden, it’s pre-spring cleaning you should be thinking about. It’s always good to have a general tidy-up: remove any dries leaves and grass as well as any other debris or weeds from your lawn and flower borders, as well as water fountains and ponds. If you want to wait for spring to cut back the old growth of deciduous grasses and perennials that’s fine, but if you want to be prepared you can also cut them now. Your garden borders might be empty but you can prepare the ground by digging a two-inch layer of organic matter of compost or well-rotted manure.

Focus on fences and gates

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Even though it’s rather cold outside still, you can use the opportunity to cross these boring jobs from your to-do list. If you notice that there’s anything broken or malfunctioning in your garden, starting from your gardening tools, or the fence, it’s best you take care of it now so you don’t have to waste precious warm and sunny days later. Fix and paint the fences, treat any wooden structures with wood preservatives when the dry period starts, and clean and sharpen your gardening tools.

Get rid of pests

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Pests are always a pain in the neck, but seeing as they are hibernating at the moment, you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you hunt down and remove them now. You may be able to find snails, slugs, or even aphid colonies in the crowns of your perennial plants, and you can easily remove them. White vine weevil larvae may be found in last year’s pots of summer bedding, and you can destroy them and save your plant’s roots. But the pests spreading will not stop at your garden. Experts from Pestworks state that fleas and mosquitos can become your house problem in an instant if you don’t remove still water or treat your yard and precious pets with necessary remedies.

Order bulbs and seeds

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Even if days are windy and wet you can still manage to get something important done. In fact, such weather conditions are perfect for planting summer-flowering bulbs. Lovely ranunculus, majestic gladiolus, and delicate lilies can easily be planted in early spring so they can be ready to fill your garden with colours in the summer. This means that you have to order them and come up with a plan to plant them in your garden.

Attract birds

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Having birds in your garden is always a good thing, as they help you keep the insects and pests under control, and listening to their cheerful song is a real treat too. Winter is harsh on all birds, and they have a problem finding food and keeping warm. This is why winter is the perfect time for you to make bird houses and install several small bird feeders all over your garden. Not only will you help keep the little feathery fellows warm and their bellies full, but you will ensure that they stay close by even when spring comes.

Spring is about celebrating everything that grows and blooms, flowers that come back to the garden, and gentle leaves on tree branches. When you think about plant combinations and garden design, the possibilities are seemingly endless, and you need to make a good plan before you start or you might get lost in a number of smaller projects. This way, when you have a set list of important tasks, you can organize better and spend your free time doing what you love – tending the garden.

By Hannah Thomas

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