Top 5 Ways to get your Garden Spring Ready

Posted by admin on March 8, 2017

Though winter is normally a quiet time within the garden, as spring arrives and flowers begin to bloom, your garden will completely transform. By taking the time to get your garden ready early, you will help to make the springs arrival a bit less hectic. We’ve put together our five top tips for your spring garden.

Clear Up

It’s likely that winter has left behind leaves and other debris that has scattered all around your flowers, lawns and ponds. Have a general tidy up of this using a rake or get some trusty helpers in. It’s important that you start these chores early into spring or even before it gets here, as your spring plants will start popping out as soon as spring has arrived. The sooner any flower beds have been cleared up, the less likely stepping on and damaging growing plants is going to happen.

Sow Seeds

Before the arrival of spring you can begin to sow seeds and plants that require a longer growing season. This is likely to affect plants and vegetables such as geraniums, peppers and aubergines for example. These plants and vegetables will need to be grown in a heater propagator to ensure they continue to thrive in a healthy way. For monthly gardening guides on what to sow and grow each month, take a look at our Monthly Gardening Guides.

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Greenhouse

If you have a greenhouse, now is the time to give it a wash and clear out. The spring is the perfect time for your greenhouse to become home to trays upon trays of seedlings and cuttings. Clean up any debris that is on the floor or benches and use a garden disinfectant throughout to get rid of any overwintering pests and diseases. Wash your plant pots and seed trays in order to prevent any diseases from spreading into your young plants, and finish off by allowing your greenhouse to air dry. 

Pests

Your greenhouse is not likely to be the only place where you will find pests throughout your garden. Hibernating pests can be found in the crowns of perennial plants, and can include slugs, snails and aphid colonies that took shelter throughout the cold winter. If you come across any white vine weevil larvae within your compost, destroy them immediately and be prepared to treat them for the following year. You can use parasitic nematodes or chemical drenches in order to do this quickly and easily.

Compost

If you don’t already have one, now is a great time to try and set up a compost area within your garden. Whether you want to purchase a ready-made compost bin or want to try building one yourself, with a good mixture of grass clippings, veg peelings, paper and wood, you will help to naturally recycle decomposed organic materials. Compost can then be used as a rich soil to help plants and vegetables to grow healthily throughout the spring months.

Here at Ruxley we have a fantastic outdoor plant department and expert advisers to help ensure your garden is kept perfect all year round. For more information, you can get in touch with a member of the team by giving us a call on 020 8300 0084, clicking here or by visiting us in store