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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: July 15, 2022

We’ve put together some ideas to get your garden ready for spring, now that the weather could be starting to warm up and many of the frosts are coming to an end for parts of the country. 

Spring is traditionally when many new flowers and bulbs emerge from the slightly warmed up earth, but can seem a little cold for some gardeners to really get their hands dirty. Getting the preparation work in as early as possible will mean you can reap the rewards later on in the year.
Getting your garden ready for spring should be a pleasure rather than a chore, so these pointers and tips should help you to get your outside space in top shape.

Below are the first simple steps you need to take to get you going:


The big clean up

Tidying the garden can seem like a never-ending chore, but if you do make sure it’s done regularly it really shouldn’t take you too long.

When you’re ‘pre-spring cleaning’ your garden, you need to remember things like collecting any dead leaves and stalks that have fallen to the ground. These need to be cleared away as they can harbour diseases and allow bacteria to develop and infect your plants. That would be a very bad start to the growing season.


Banishing weeds

Over the winter, weeds have been enjoying their time in your garden while you’ve been taking a break! As part of your soil preparation, you should remove as many weeds as you can. You might need a weed killer for this, but you could get away with removing them by hand.

Rake over your soil to maintain airflow and ensure that when you start to plant new perennials they will have the best growing matter possible. New topsoil is a good idea when you are getting your garden ready for spring.


Get a trim

Many plants could do with a little TLC to get them ready for spring. This might involve re-potting, moving to a more protected area of the garden or trimming the stems to encourage new growth.

If you have a buddleia or roses, for example, these will need to be pruned in the spring, after the frosts have passed. To prepare for this, you can take the time now to identify the plants that need pruning around this time.

Love your lawn 💚

Spring is a good time to feed and rake your lawn and scarify the ground. This will ensure all debris and dead grass cuttings are removed, allowing it to breathe and not become waterlogged.

You can also use this time to level off any uneven areas and add new grass seed, to give your turf a bit of a facelift.

Other useful tips

  1. Garden tools – Just like with the pots and containers, it’s important to keep your garden tools clean and working. Any pruning knives and shears will need to be sharpened and oiled to ensure you get a good clean cut when using them.
  2. Install water butts – Rainfall is the best type of water for plants since tap water is often slightly alkaline. Harvesting rainwater is essential for environmentally friendly gardening. Install a water butt in your garden to make the most of any rainfall.
  3. Reduce, reuse, compost – One good thing about clearing away all of that organic matter from the garden is that you can put much of it in the composter. This can be perfect for spreading around the garden for new plants.

FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of the most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs.

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