Once the winter is over and spring begins to rear its head once more, we can rejoice in the change we are about to see in the landscape of our gardens. No longer will the area be filled with blank space and twigs, and will instead be treated to blooms of stunning flowers and new green shoots of foliage. Spring is a great time to get back into the garden and enjoy ourselves, and if you want to make sure your outdoor space look the part this year, you need to start preparing right now.
Before you hire DDs Landscaping to total your garden and start again, we have some super simple tricks for you to use which are guaranteed to make your space bloom and thrive throughout the summer.
1. Order bulbs and seeds
The first thing you will want to do to prepare your garden for the summer is to order some bulbs and seeds, allowing you to plant them ready for summer flowering. Bulbs such as Gladioli or seeds such as marigolds should be bought now and planted in the garden to allow for flowering in the next few months. Bulbs will often take longer to develop than seeds so make sure to plant your bulbs super early in order to make the most of them in the summer.
2. Tidy up flower beds
One simple that you can make to the garden right now is to tidy up the flowerbeds and borders ready for new blooms. In the spring and summer, plants will start to appear in your beds but if you haven’t eradicated weeds or leaves and twigs, the flower display will simply look messy and unfinished. Make sure that you take the time to tidy up the lawn, create new borders for your flowerbeds, and consider raising a couple of flowerbeds to allow for a stunning outdoor feature over the next few months of the year.
3. Clean the greenhouse
Many of us have a greenhouse in the garden, and it can be the ultimate resource for those of us who want to grow crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and lemons. A greenhouse is a great feature in the garden and most likely over the winter it will have become rather neglected. It is crucial before you think about growing new crops in your greenhouse that you clean and tidy the space. Over winter, your greenhouse will have likely suffered from damp due to harsh weather conditions and condensation, and don’t be surprised if you see some mould around the windows. Wash this thoroughly and tidy up your setup ready for the spring when you begin growing new crops.
4. Sow early seeds
Often when sowing seeds, you will only need to plant them 4-8 weeks before you want them to flower. However, there are some seeds which take longer to germinate and develop such as begonias, aubergines, and geraniums. It is now, in September, that you will want to sow these seeds and this will give them ample time to grow and thrive, and will allow for bloom and fruiting in December-January.
5. Remove pests
Winter is a time for hibernation, and this means that over the last few months many bugs and critters will have stayed underground, protected from the elements. Spring is when most bugs will resurface and this is when they can start to wreak havoc on your garden. Vine weevil larvae will be rife in your flowerbeds and you should spray close to the roots and kill them soon before they start to weaken your plants. You can use parasitic nematodes to kills larvae and they will also help eradicate other pests in the garden too.
6. Install a water butt
Water is an essential commodity, but it can be very expensive to use. If you have a hosepipe in your garden, you may have faced a hosepipe ban in the hot summers in the past and this can be detrimental to your plants and flowers. A great way to collect rainwater and utilise it correctly is to install a water butt underneath your guttering. This will allow you to collect water naturally all year long, and when the summer comes and plants need some extra water, you can supply this with ease and without worrying about the cost.
7. Move deciduous shrubs
If you have any deciduous shrubs in your garden such as Viburnum, the winter and early spring is the perfect time to move them. When maintaining a healthy and happy garden, you may want to move plants now and again to help them thrive or to freshen up the design. You should never move a shrub during the summer, and instead wait until they are dormant and move them to a new spot.