Home & Garden Tips
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#1 Prepare For Spring
Early Spring is a busy time for your garden, as it starts to come alive again after the long winter. If the weather allows and the grass is starting to grow, you may even need to start mowing, but remember to set the cutting height at its maximum and only mow if the grass is dry.
#2 Plant Your Seeds
If you want your garden to bloom this Summer it’s time to plant out your Lily bulbs in patio pots and borders. Lilies prefer moisture retentive, well drained compost, that is rich in organic matter and they are best planted in groups of three or five.
#3 Protect Your Plants
Slugs can often attack your newly emerging shoots of perennials and bulbs at this time of year, so don’t forget to regularly inspect vulnerable plants such as hostas and delphiniums, and think about protecting them by using slug pellets, traps or nematodes.
#4 Grow Your Own Fruit
There’s nothing better than being able to pick your own fruit from your own garden, it tastes so much nicer than anything you can buy in the shops! And if you’d like a bumper crop this year now is the time to be getting to work.
#5 Preventing Dead Flowers
With so much new growth around at this time of year, the last thing you want to see is dead flowers. So it’s off with their heads as you remove the dead flower heads of daffodils as they fade, leaving the stems and foliage to die down naturally.
#6 Weed Control
As we get further into Spring you may find more and more dreaded weeds are invading your garden, try to combat them before they grow too tall and flower and seed. Regular hoeing, careful use of weed-killers or applying a mulch of bark will help.
#7 Look After Your Houseplants
By looking after your poinsettias, azaleas and other winter flowering houseplants you’ll keep their beautiful display of flowers going for longer. Water carefully with tepid water (rainwater for the azaleas) and feed regularly with a suitable plant food.
#8 Jerusalem Artichokes
Jerusalem artichokes are a great winter vegetable, especially when they’re roasted or made into soup! But they need to be planted now to guarantee a good crop for the Autumn.
#9 Take Care When Planting
Snowdrops and winter aconites add much needed colour to your garden during the darker months, so to make sure they bloom again next year don’t let them become get overcrowded.
#10 Pond Life & Spring Bulbs
All plants and animals seem to come alive in the Spring and if you have a pond now is the time to start feeding your fish. Start off with small amounts at first, but gradually increase the amounts as the fish become more active. Don’t over feed though, as this is major cause of green water.
#11 Pruning Roses
Roses are one of the most popular garden plants. These beauties come in a range of colours, many with scented blooms, and they can be grown in borders, containers, over arches or pergolas.
#12 Look After Your Lawn
At this time of year your lawn is actively growing and can require a lot of attention. If you have worn patches and damaged lawn edges these can be repaired with new turf and you’ll get an instant lush looking lawn as soon as you’ve finished. Be careful though and don’t walk on newly laid turf for a few weeks to allow the new roots to establish.
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