With summer fast approaching and winter done and dusted with it is time to start looking at your garden and the jobs you need to get done in order to have a garden that blooms perfectly throughout the summer season. It is important not to get disheartened. It is easy to look at your garden and wonder how you will ever get it back to its former glory. The winter is not kind to gardens so don’t worry about this, instead get motivated and do what you can to get your garden looking fantastic.
Start planting seeds
Now is the perfect time to start planting most seeds. A warm window ledge within your home that you can place plant pots on is perfect to get you started. Different plants grow at different rates and under different conditions so always make sure that you read the instructions for each particular plant. However now is the perfect time for most of them to get started and at least do the ground work to get them growing. They won’t survive outside because there is still a risk of frost, but you can plant them and get them well on their way.
Clean up and prepare
If you do have a greenhouse then now is the perfect time to give it a clean and ready for summer. The winter won’t have been kind to the glass, so give this a good clean and also check to see if window panes are loose or cracked and need repairing. This will also give you the chance to see what you have left over from last year that you can make use of – unused seed packs and plant pots for example.
Tidy the borders and vegetable plots
It is worth giving your borders and vegetable plots a digging over now, even if you don’t plan to start planting yet. The winter will have dried them out so you’ll need to work at getting them back into optimum condition. This involved digging them over and watering them well in order to put some much need moisture back into the soil.
Prune and prepare
If you have roses in your garden then now is the time to start pruning these back. Firstly you need to check that they are still sturdy and haven’t been too bashed around by winter. You can then prune them right back and add a rose fertilizer to the ground in order to encourage re-growth of your favourite rose bushes.
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