As we get closer and closer to summer, now is the time to start thinking about getting our gardens back into shape. This requires a bit of planning, time and dedication. But once you’re done, you’ll have a lovely garden to relax in during the warmer months.
Here are some of our top tips to help you with your gardening this spring:
Over the winter, your garden is often neglected and can become wild and overgrown. A clear up is a great starting point for getting into gardening. Depending on the size of your garden, dedicate a weekend to it so you can do a thorough job.
Not sure where to start? Clear all leaves off the grass and garden beds, and check to see if any plants have died. Do any weeding that’s required. If you need any help, there are plenty of skilled London gardeners on Airtasker who can help you get the job done.
It’s easy to accumulate tools, maintenance products and seeds over time. As part of your initial clear out, take a look in your shed to see what you need to trash, replace or stock up on.
Test the soil
Before you rush off to the nursery and spend a lot on plants, you need to give the soil some love and care. Use a soil pH test in several areas of the garden to get an indication of how the soil is at the moment. You can then gauge whether it is at the optimum level for your new plants.
Prepare garden beds
You’ve tested the soil, but that’s only the first step. You also need to transform your garden beds into the ideal environment for your new plants. This process will involve breaking up the old soil, adding compost or fertiliser, turning the soil, then adding some old soil to mix it in. You then need to leave it in for a few weeks so the compost can break down.
A few days before you’re ready to plant, water your garden bed thoroughly and let it sit.
Now it’s time to head to your local nursery to buy some plants. If you’re not sure what to get, someone will be there to give you a hand. The main things to consider are the climate, sunlight and soil type.
You can buy young plants to put into the ground, but if you want to start from scratch seeds are your way to go. Just make sure you read the packet so you know how deep to put them, and how far apart to space them from each other. Remember to water your seedlings daily.
Keep your garden looking fantastic by topping off the soil with some mulch. This will keep the weeds at bay, while also helping to regulate the temperature and retain water.
Be careful not to forget to care for your lawn. It needs a similar treatment to the rest of your garden with mowing, fertilising, watering, weeding and aeration.