Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it’ll soon be time to get out in the garden for al fresco dining, basking in the sun and fun outdoor activities. But if you’ve neglected your garden over the winter months, chances are your garden is looking a bit worse for wear.
Between March and May is the perfect time to start gardening to give your garden a bit of a spruce and to start waking the soil so it’s at its best during the warmer months. If you’re looking out at your unkempt garden and feeling overwhelmed at the task in front of you, we’ve put together this simple 5-step checklist to help you get your garden ready for spring and summer 2023.
1. Give your lawn some TLC
It’s always helpful to tackle the big jobs first, so start your spring gardening by tending to your lawn. First, tidy your lawn by clearing away any debris that may have fallen on it before you cut the grass. For spring, the general rule of thumb is to start cutting the grass when you’ve noticed it growing and the temperature is consistently above 8-degrees. Once you’ve got this initial cut out the way, stick to mowing your lawn once every two weeks, so it doesn’t get overgrown. Make sure to weed where appropriate and go around your lawn’s edges for a nice clean cut. Read more about this in how often should you mow the lawn and if you need a new mower, check out our guide to the best cordless lawn mowers.
If you don’t have a lawn, your balcony and patio also needs tending to as the winter weather can cover it in dirt and grime. Similar to the first step with the lawn, take the time to tidy any fallen leaves, branches or debris before going over it with the best pressure washer.
2. Get pruning
For any plants, trees and bushes that you have in your back or front garden, you need to give them a quick prune. Using the best garden shears or the best secateurs, start by cutting away any dead, damaged or diseased plants and branches. After you’ve done this, mulch the plants with a layer of compost to encourage growth and health.
For any bushes that have grown out of control during winter, cut this back and shape it so you have a better idea of the space you have in your garden. When it comes to pruning plants and flowers, it’s important to note when it says to prune them. In general, you should try to prune after flowering but during spring, it’s recommended to prune plants like lavender, rosemary, fuchsia, willow and forsythia.
3. Start your compost
If you’re planning lots of gardening for this spring and summer, you need to start your compost. Preparing your soil and compost for spring gives your new plants a boost and it’s a great way to clear away any matter and bits that you’ve found around the garden – waste not, want not after all. To make compost, make sure you have the best compost bin at your disposal and throw your grass cuttings, weeds, leaves and other debris in to make quality fertiliser and produce your own nutritious organic matter for your borders and pot plants. From there, you can use your compost to fortify your soil throughout the season.
4. Plant seeds
After you’ve tended to your existing plants, you can start planting and sowing seeds for new growth for the season. Most vegetables are sown between March and May, so it just depends what you’d like to grow. For flowers, sweetpeas, sunflowers, cosmos, dahlias, poppies, petunias and nasturtium are pretty plants to sow during spring. Vegetables like peas, spring onions, carrots, lettuce, beans and corn are good to plant in spring, and you can grow them in your garden beds or a greenhouse.
5. Repaint your fences, sheds & furniture
Now you’ve tended to everything growing in your garden, it’s time to look at your garden furniture. With the winter temperatures and rainy weather, your outdoor furniture like fences, sheds, tables and benches will have taken a beating so take some time to wipe it down and clear off the cobwebs. Make sure to inspect your shed and fence for any breaks before fixing them with the best multi tools. To finish off your garden and give it a spring look, give your fences and sheds a lick of paint to make them look cleaner and brighter.