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Things to do in your garden before the spring kicks in
Whilst we’re still in lockdown here in the UK, why not use this time to determine what needs to be done and how you can give your garden a much-needed makeover?
It’s so easy to make small but effective changes to your outdoor space without having any form of gardening or landscaping training, and this guide will give you some top tips to take on board:
Order bulbs and seeds now
During the height of the spring, you may find it difficult to find the plants you like due to increased demand, so what better way to make the most of the time spent indoors than to browse different flower varieties online and see what takes your fancy? Flowers such as lilies, gladioli and ranunculi can be ordered towards the back end of the winter, ready to plant for the beginning of spring.
Tidy up flower beds
Over the autumn and winter, your flower beds are likely to be filled an array of debris - especially those pesky leaves! Now would be a good time to have a tidy-up and start the weeding process. It would also be wise to cut back dead bushes and mow the grass (weather allowing!) to give yourself a head start before the bulb and seed planting season begins.
Hunt down pests
During cold spells, it’s wise to get to the source of pest infestations before you start planting. Slugs, snails and larvae can cause the most damage, and you’ll often find them lurking in beds and at the roots of plants. Using pesticides is perhaps the easiest way to get rid of pests and prevent them from destroying your bedding plants, but you can explore more eco-friendly means of de-bugging your garden, too.
If it has been some time since your garden had a total overhaul, you should consider cracking on with a full re-landscaping project. Based on the current restrictions, you will inevitably be spending more time at home and in the garden in the first half of 2021, so you need to ensure this space is both practical and attractive.
Here at Milestone, we supply an array of aggregates and natural stone paving slabs to help you create a garden you’re proud of. There’s nothing wrong with starting the planning process and ordering new products before the warmer months, so you can hit the ground running when the temperature increases and get your garden ready for use in the warmer months.
Feed your soil
The condition of your soil will determine the health of your plants, so it’s vital it’s in tip top condition all year round. Taking a soil test will determine whether it needs extra nutrients. As an absolute minimum, make sure you layer the soil with a couple of inches of compost in the weeks before the spring to keep your plants at their best.