Helping your Garden Recover after WinterPosted by at May 21, 2012 in Garden
One of the first signs that spring is just around the corner is when snow drops finally appear after the long winter and show off their pure white buds. This is a clear indication for you to get motivated and get stuck-in to sorting out the garden and help it get over winter! Time perhaps to revisit the idea of garden sheds – which we think you’ll discover to be the perfect garden storage solution for your tools, plant pots and your array of garden power tools.
This is also a brilliant time for tidying plants, tying climbing plants back to trellis’s, clearing away dead leaves and discarding any plants that have not been removed from the annual planting from last year. Remember though the optimum time for planting new bulbs for spring is between October and December.
Preparing Your Lawn For Spring
Everyone loves a beautiful lawn and children love to play on them too which is why it’s so important to maintain your lawn on a regular basis. To get a healthy lawn after the harsh winter, you’ll need to start taking care of your lawn as we come into spring. But there are a few things to consider before you think about lawn mowers. So let’s get started!
One of our top tips on lawn care is to rake up dead leaves and to avoid any build-up of thatch – a layer of grass stems, roots and debris below the grass-line which happens when lawns have never been aerated properly. Avoid skimming at the surface and rake deep to help aerate the lawn. Raking in spring repairs damaged lawns especially after any extended period of snow cover when snow mold may have left matted patches. Fertilizing your lawn in spring helps growth in summer months, but be wary of over fertilizing as it can lead to weed problems.
There is no need to wait until summer – so roll maybe out a new Flymo this spring! We think you’ll love the Flymo as a straight forward and easy-to-use lawnmower. For the more advanced gardener you may prefer the performance and freedom of petrol lawn mowers which are more powerful and useful for cutting through thicker grass.
Trimming Your Hedges
Gorgeous lush hedges can add value to your property; they provide both privacy and wind protection as well being a home for wildlife such as birds and insects beneficial to gardens. Treat your hedges as part of your overall landscape design with careful planning and maintenance techniques using hedge trimmers. Established hedges should be periodically trimmed to cut the outgrowth of small bushes and hedges a few times during the growing season – with the main trimming happening at the end of the growing season.
Don’t forget that strimmers are ideal way to tidy up around hedges as they give you the access you need to trim long grasses and tough overgrown foliage. Some handy strimmers are also suitable to trim the edges of lawns too.
At Homebase there is a wide selection of all gardening tools to help your garden recover from winter and make your spring gardening work as easy as possible. Bring the joy into gardening and awaken your garden for the season ahead. We have a wonderful selection of plants, shrubs and trees that are perfect to turn any garden into a tranquil and lush haven.