It might be hard to believe it with the cold weather we have been living through over the past fortnight, but spring is not far away. Soon we will have sunnier days where we can spend some time in the garden and if we’re going to be out there we may as well make good use of the time! Here’s 5 things you can do now so you are ready to go for Spring.
Clean and sharpen your garden tools
This is the perfect time to make sure all the tolls you need are ready to go. This helps you save money as the tools will last much longer. Clean shears & secateurs also make sure no bacteria or fungi are spread to fresh cuts from pruning. Use a strong detergent and hot water for cleaning and make sure you dry off the tools once they are washed. Sharpening your tools will improve the way they work; once sharpened and cleaned use some oil or WD40 to keep blades and hinges working well. Other tools such as shovels, spades, hoes and rakes will also benefit forma good clean and oil.
Clean out the garden
This is a good time to re-visit all the garden beds and take away any debris (leaves, twigs etc.) that have built up over autumn and winter. Get rid of the weeds – roots and all to ensure you won’t see them again.
Freshen up the soil
To prepare for spring planting, you will want make the sure the soil is ready. Add organic material such as manure or compost and turn the soil to ensure the spread. You might also add fertilizer which will improve the health of the soil and increase the life of any plants you already have or anything you intend to plant.
Having gone to the trouble of cleaning & freshening the soil, it’s a good idea to add mulch which will not only keep the moisture in the garden but maintain the temperature. It will also help to keep weeds and disease at bay.
Freshen up old plants
Plants still in your garden now will need a good pruning to promote the new growth of spring. Now is a good time to prune as it is less likely we will have colder temperatures.