Time to Revive the Garden
After what feels like a long dark winter, the signs of spring emerging are everywhere now it’s no longer dark at 5pm. The birds are chirping in the morning. There’s new growth poking through the ground and the days are much milder. This means it’s now time to begin reviving the garden.
By getting ahead now before that new growth takes over is greatly advised and by doing so will mean your garden or plot is much more manageable as the season progresses.
In this article, we have compiled a list of things to focus on to revive the garden for the year ahead, making it look refreshed and well managed.
Over winter lawns can take a bashing from the elements and become a waterlogged patchy mess. It may still be too early for you to make that first cut of the year depending on how severe your winter has been. However now is the time to start the lawn renovation, rake the remaining debris from trees and plants. Aerate a compacted lawn, either by using aerating shoes or a garden fork to provide narrow channels to improve drainage and air flow. Spread seed on any bald patches of grass and rake off any mossy areas. Or alternatively, save your self the hassle of lawn care and maintenance buy buying fake grass. Artificial grass has come a long way since it’s sports turf days and looks like the real deal in any garden. The artificial grass installation process is quick and straightforward, leaving you with hassle-free turf all year round.
WOODWORK AND STRUCTURES
Now is the time to fix or restore any fences, trellises, sheds or arbours and gazebos that may have become worn or damaged over the year. It’s best to get this job out of the way as early as possible when all growth is still quite dormant and unrestrictive. By giving wooden surfaces a lick of outdoor paint, it not only gives them a facelift that makes them look like new but also protects them from weather damage; which will make them last much longer. Repairs to any damage should be done as soon as you’ve inspected the damages and investing in a little extra support from an added fence post or few screws will go a long way in preventing the repeated damage next year.
Whether it’s a gravelled area, wood chipped, or stone flags a little bit of TLC towards garden paths goes a long way in reviving the look of them. By picking up any accumulated debris from the area will make an instant difference. Restore wood chipped or gravelled areas with new material. Pull any weeds that may have crept through. For paved areas, start by replacing any broken flags, then weed in between paving, before scraping with the back of a garden spade to remove moss. Finally, finish the area by jet washing or hard brushing down to remove any built-up dirt.
Now is the perfect times to spruce up existing flower beds. Clear off all the top growth that has died back over winter, begin using a hand claw to remove any perennial weeds. Refresh the soil with a top dressing of fertiliser and peat-free compost. This will add nutrients to the flower beds giving the plants all they need to thrive and ward off diseases through the growing season. Add supports to plants where they are to grow to prevent premature flopping. Then add in any new addition plants, where there are gaps.
TREES & SHRUBS
It’s Important to carry out any maintenance on trees or shrubs now. However, do note that some trees and shrubs shouldn’t be pruned now. Like Hydrangeas, Lilac, Forsythia and Rhododendrons, these flower on last season’s growth, so pruning now, you would take away this year’s display. However, all needle-leaf evergreens, winter-flowering shrubs like Mahonia and Holly bushes can be pruned now to maintain their shape. Fruit trees like Plums, Apples and Cherries can all under-go a chop, this will help areate the branches and help prevent disease. A little bit of research goes a long way in your plant's longevity, make a note of tips in your garden journal.
All pots if not being used will benefit from a good clean up, this helps keep disease and cross-contamination at bay. All pots in use, check for any root-bound plants, if the plant looks a little squished, upgrade to a bigger plant pot along with some fresh compost breaking up the roots a little when doing so. For plants that haven’t outgrown their pot space, a good feed of fertiliser and a top dressing of peat-free compost will ensure a beautiful display for the season ahead.
With these suggestions, your garden will like it’s had a complete makeover and provide you with a beautiful more easily manageable space for the year ahead.