As the last of the snow melts, perhaps you are beginning to feel Spring in the air and the promise of brighter, longer and warmer days on the horizon? You may have already given your garden a spring clean, but there is still plenty to be done to ensure that it is summer ready. If your green fingers are itching to get out there, then here are a few tips to get you started and making the most out of the longer days.
Patience is key for this time of year. March is renowned for it’s unpredictable weather; mild days can be followed by unexpected frosts. Your lawn will almost certainly need mowing but make sure that l the ground is dry and firm and there is no frost on the lawn. As tempting as it is to get it done early and relish in the smell of freshly cut grass, it really is worth ensuring that conditions are right to keep your lawn healthy.
If you haven’t already, consider starting to deadhead your crocus in anticipation of next year. You can do this with your hands by pinching off the blooms with your finger and thumb or you can use secateurs or a pair of scissors. Deadheading your crocus means that all the energy generated by the plant is sent straight to the bulb, which can mean a more vibrant flower display next year!
Prepare to apply mulch to your borders in the next few weeks. Mulching can help the soil to hold moisture on those dry summer days as well as suppressing weeds, all of which will improve the finish of your borders. Much like your lawn, it is essential to wait until conditions are just right before doing this. If the soil is hard and cold, then wait – warm and moist soil is perfect for mulching!
As the weather gets milder you may notice an increase of slugs in your garden. You will not be able to totally eradicate slugs from your garden, but you can take out preventative measures to reduce their numbers as much as possible. Spend a little time in your garden looking for places where slugs might hide and remove any that you find – once you know where their favourite hiding places are, make a habit of checking them regularly to avoid being overrun and putting your garden at risk.
Finally, as we spring into action, take a few moments to look around your garden. Are there any areas that need weeding? Do you have borders that need pruning or trees ready for a trim? If so, take the time to do them now in readiness for planting. Then take yourself inside for a well-deserved cup of tea and put your feet up while admiring your handy work – you’ve earned it.
JASON IS A PROFESSIONAL GARDENER AND LANDSCAPER, AND OWNER OF JHPS-GARDENS LTD.
HE REGULARLY WRITES A PIECE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLUS THE SENTINEL NEWSPAPER,
AND IS A GO TO EXPERT ON BBC RADIO STOKE’S GARDENING PROGRAMME.