SPRING CHECKLIST: PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SUMMER
Now is the time to start getting your garden ready for summer. Before you can sink into your comfy garden chair and watch sausages sizzle on your BBQ though, there are a few chores to be done first. Below is a Spring checklist to help you prepare your garden for the upcoming months:
1. DECIDING ON SUMMER-FLOWERING SEEDS AND BULBS
Visit a few garden centres/nurseries and decide which summer-flowering seeds and bulbs you’d like for your garden, so you can prepare the soil of beds and borders accordingly. The questions flitting through most gardeners’ minds at this time of year include:
How to format or section your beds
What colour scheme to choose
What climbers to select in order to hide unsightly but still serviceable trellis or fencing panels
Try reliable lilies, ranunculus and gladiolus, if you’re ready to get planting.
2. TIDY UP FLOWER BEDS AND BORDERS
Spring is the time when rotting leaves, twigs and other accumulated debris must be removed from flower beds and borders, lawns, ornamental ponds and fountains. You can cut back dead growth of herbaceous perennials and deciduous grasses now.
Dig in a 5 cm layer of organic matter (preferably well-rotted manure, compost from your own garden or recycled green waste) into soon-to-be-planted beds and borders.
3. EXPEL GARDEN PESTS
Spring is also the time to rid your garden of pests. Remove slugs, aphid colonies and snails from the crowns of your perennials, start treating for vine weevils with chemical drenches, nematodes or bio-friendly methods.
4. INSTALL WATER BUTTS TO COLLECT SEASONAL RAINFALL
If you incorporate water butts into the overall design of your garden, you’ll never be far away from a source of water for your plants. Blueberries, Camellias and Rhododendrons will thank you for it, as will lettuces, herbs and assorted flowers. Install your water butt below a down pipe to harvest the maximum amount of rainfall.
5. START YOUR OWN COMPOSTING AREA
If you haven’t already got a composting heap tucked away behind well-placed fence panels or reed screening, now is the time to create a composting area. You can buy ready-made compost bins or build your own with a few old fencing panels. Grass clippings, paper, wood pruning's, vegetable peelings from your kitchen; they all make for a well-balanced compost heap. Be sure to air your compost heap with a garden fork at least once a month to help the composting process.
6. FIXING GATES, POSTS, TRELLIS, PANELS AND FENCES
A nagging little voice at the back of your mind will tell you that the garden gate still squeaks, the fence panel at the rear of the garden is still broken and the trellis at the side of the patio still needs fixing, the moment snowdrops rear their pretty heads. In Spring all gardeners suddenly start to see the devastation caused by winter’s inactivity. Broken structures, loose boards on decking areas and damaged fencing will need replacing or fixing.
During dry periods it is important to treat wooden garden structures with wood preservative. Spring is also a good time to create new areas in your garden, perhaps remove a struggling shrub or two and, with the use of hazel or bamboo panels, create a sheltered area just right for delicate flowers and a garden seat. Repaint the wood shed in cheerful colours, re-stain fence posts and panels.
It is important to carry out regular maintenance on your fencing, paying close attention to fence posts and panels to check for any damage which needs fixing or replacing. Here at Hopkins Fencing we provide a wide range of fencing materials to suit all tastes, premises and budgets.
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