As we move into March and begin to leave the chaos from the Beast from the East and Storm Emma behind us. We know that spring should technically be on its way, referring to the astronomical method or spring is here already if you use the meteorological seasons. Whether it seems like it or not weather wise, spring will make an appearance and we thought it’s best to be prepared for when it does. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
First things first, the part most of us don’t really enjoy and try to put off, is tidying. With the cold and damp weather your garden would have been exposed to harsh elements and strong winds would have aided debris into your garden. So initially you want to make sure you’ve collected all the broken branches, leaves and any other waste left behind. It’s meaningful to do these efforts right at the beginning of spring, as the sooner you do the less chance you have of stepping onto existing bulbs/plants and hampering any growth that’s begun.
It’s also an ideal time to trim, prune and even shape trees, hedging and bushes. But to also mend any fence panels that have been damaged in the winter.
Garden Tools at the Ready
Some may say, you’re only as good as the tools you possess. So taking care of them and making sure they’re in tip top condition, makes sense. So get out all your garden tools that have just been sitting around all winter. You can clean them with soap and water and on the wooden handles use mineral spirit, to keep the wood intact and stop (or greatly reduce) the wood splintering.
Show Your Soil Some TLC
Before you plant anything, you want to make sure the soil is ready for planting. Take your newly cleaned pitchfork, turn over the soil and rake it out, clearing any weeds insight. You’ll want to add compost (or manure) two weeks or so before planting, as this gives it time to combine with your soil and won’t damage the roots of plants. By adding fresh compost (store bought, from compost bin or manure) you’ll be adding nutrients to the soil.
Preparation is Key
Different plants and flowers grow and thrive based on location, so knowing your zone will help you make the best choice for your garden. Planning is so important, to make sure you get the selection of flowers, colours and positions of the plants right. When determining the position of plants, consider height before making plant selections, to ensure taller plants don’t leave the shorter ones in the shade. If you plant a mix of perennials and annuals, it will maximise the duration of colour in the garden.
Keep it Up
Now, because you don’t want your hard work to go to waste, managing your efforts is essential. As the flowers start to bloom, make sure to remove any deadheads, as this will promote more growth, depending on the plant. This is a good time to plant your annuals, as your perennials are established. When we approach the end of spring, you may want to add some mulch around the flowers. By adding mulch it helps soil retain its moisture through the warm summer days, creates a barrier to make it harder for weeds to show themselves and will add protection to the roots in the colder months ahead.