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Prepare your garden for spring Posted On 27 January 2020

Whether it’s weeding, pruning, clearing leaves or decorating your garden, it’s important to dig in now in order to enjoy your garden in the spring and summer months

Clean up flower beds & borders
Begin by removing any fallen leaves and debris from flower beds, lawns, pathways and ponds that have accumulated throughout winter. Once cleared, you should use pruning clippers to cut away any leftover stems from annual and biennial plants.

Clean gardening tools
Cleaning your tools thoroughly will help prevent the spread of disease, as dirty secateurs can introduce bacteria and fungi to plant life. Sharpening your tools will also help improve performance, making them easier to work with.

Composting
If you don’t already have a compost area, then you should make one. You could use a ready-made compost bin or build one. You will then have somewhere to store your garden waste and your plants will benefit from lovely, rich compost.

Order bulbs & seeds
Search for inspiration and new varieties of seeds and bulbs that you want to plant and grow in your garden this year. Remember, summer flowering bulbs such as lilies, gladiolus and ranunculus can be planted in early spring.

Remove weeds
Uproot weeds, ensuring you get rid of everything. You can always use black plastic sheeting to cover any beds before planting as a way to suppress emerging weeds.

Sow seeds that need a longer season
It’s best to start sowing seeds of plants which require a longer growing season as early as possible; such as geraniums, begonias, antirrhinums, peppers and aubergines. It’s also important to set out bulbs which were forced in pots indoors during early spring.

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