Spring is a very busy time of the year for gardeners. So to help kick
start your gardening activities, we have prepared a list of jobs for you to
- Prune established bushes, standard roses and cornus cultivars to
encourage new growth.
- Remove weeds, mulch your borders and apply a balanced fertilizer as
the plants come into growth.
- Cut back and divide overgrown herbaceous perennials.
- To encourage wildlife into your garden prepare an area for an annual
wildflower meadow; plant native pond plants and mixed hedges. The more
wildlife you can attract to your garden the better pest control solution
you will have.
- Now is the time to plant some rhubarb, asparagus crowns, garlic,
shallots and onion sets in your kitchen garden. In order for the seeds
to germinate the soil needs to be quite warm, around 7°C (45°F), so
check the instructions before sowing seeds outside.
- Feed roses
- Repair lawn areas and start mowing regularly
- Prune shrubs that have just finished flowering, like for example
Chaenomeles or Forsythia, and the ones that you wish to encourage
decorative leaf growth, e.g. Cotinus and Sambucus.
- Trim lavender plants if not done so last autumn
- Clip or hard prune evergreen shrubs
- Plant annuals and perennials to attract insects
- For wildlife care ensure birdbaths hold fresh water and add some
piles of logs or rocks in your garden too.
- In your kitchen garden you can start planting potatoes; sow
beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, coriander, parsley, lettuce, turnip,
cauliflower, spring onions, leeks, radish, peas and spinach.
- Apply ‘Chelsea chop’ to your summer and autumn repeat-flowering
herbaceous perennials around RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from which this
technique derives its name. In order to delay or extend their flowering
period by seven weeks, shorten the plants (to reduce the use of
supports), this in turn will produce more numerous flowering stems. It
is advisable to cut back the stems of more vigorous perennials by half
and those of less-vigorous species by one third. Please visit
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- Plant your containers and hanging baskets with summer-flowering
- Put up nest boxes for summer-migrant birds and top up birdfeeders to
help garden birds feed their young
- In the kitchen garden earth up your potatoes, harvest rhubarb,
asparagus and sow carrots, radishes and other vegetables for continuous
We hope this blog provides some tips and ideas so you can create your own
wonderful looking garden later on in the year.
As always, should you need any advice or require assistance with
general garden maintenance then please contact Sanstec Garden via our