With springtime upon us and the promise of warmer weather and longer days, now is the time that many of us start to think about the garden. Tackling a project in spring is a great idea, because it then gives you the rest of the season and the summertime to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Whether it’s a new seating area, a vegetable patch or simply clearing an area to add some new plants. There’s always plenty of things you can do to improve your garden no matter how much time you have.
Clearing and Garden Preparation
First thing’s first: clearing your back garden. If you haven’t been outside for a long time, you may have an untidy lawn, overgrown bushes, treefall and general rubbish that needs to be tackled. All of these spring maintenance jobs should be attended to first, that first cut of the grass, clearing weeds, leaves and any overgrown plants that need cutting back.
This is essential before you embark on any new garden projects. As a garden clearance company, we can remove any green waste, old sheds, fencing, rubble or rubbish from your garden so once this initial maintenance and any clearing is done, you can get on with the job in hand and let us look after the rubbish!
Looking after your Lawn
Spring is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the summer. Who doesn’t want a lush green lawn to admire and enjoy?
Here’s the step-by-step process gardeners use to prepare their lawns:
- Remove moss and weeds: The first task is to scarify your lawn – a process that removes any moss and weeds that might have grown over the winter. Doing this early in the year allows the grass to recover as summer approaches.
- Add feed: Next, add some grass feed. If there are any dead patches after the winter, break up the soil and add both seeds and feed to encourage regrowth.
- Water if there is no rain: In the spring, grass needs water every week or so to thrive. But sometimes, rain can fail to show up. So, in these cases, you’ll want to use sprinklers to keep grass verdant.
Check and Clean Birdhouses and Feeders
Check that your birdhouses are still firmly mounted to the trees and not insecure in any way. Also, take time to check the condition of the wood. Paint it with a new coat of varnish if you notice any swelling or peeling.
For feeders, remove any damp or mouldy seeds and replace them with fresh mix. Always refill with a bird-approved feed from your local store.
Grow a Salad Garden
Growing a salad crop is easy and hardly requires digging. Choose a suitable bed in your garden and then turn over the first couple of inches of topsoil with a trowel. Then scatter your seeds lightly over the area and cover with a small layer of topsoil – around a ¼ inch.
Great plants to grow include:
If growing delicate leaves, you may want to place a mesh structure over the top of the bed to prevent trampling by garden animals. Shoots should take about a month to pierce through the topsoil, with the full crop ready after about three months.
New Seating Area
With lockdown forcing us to spend more time at home, many people have reconnected with family and realised how important it is to just be! We don’t necessarily need lots of outside entertainment to keep us occupied. Simply sitting and chatting together with loved ones and friends can be the most enjoyable way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Creating a new seating area in your garden gives you the ideal space to make the most of warmer weather. Choose an area that gets plenty of sun (or shade depending on your preference), Pinterest has lots of ideas and inspiration to get you started. Comfortable but practice furniture is a must and if you have cushions then make sure you have someone to store them. Outside candles, heaters and canopies can make the area feel cosy and private if your garden is overlooked.
These are just a few ideas to get you started in the garden, there are thousands of projects you could undertake so think about the things that are most important to you.
Remember, if you do need help with your green waste clearance, then please do get in touch and we will be delighted to help.