Now is the time to prepare your garden for Spring. Anthony, our Plants Buyer, shares his top tips for making the most of your glorious garden.
Spring is a time of great change and growth in the garden, and now when you can lay the foundations for a fantastic summer garden as well as the time when you’ll do the most planting for fruits and vegetables. It’s a busy season, but undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable in the garden.
1.Lay the Roots
If you have a heated greenhouse or similar warm, light place, then you can get a lot of your bedding plants and vegetables off to a flying start by sowing them now. Take a good look through the seed displays in your local garden centre to see what can be sown now – and remember you’ll need a heated propagator, pots, trays, compost and labels.
Now is also the best time to buy your young bedding and patio plants. Start now and you’ll have you’re biggest and best bedding displays ever! Herbs can now be planted in herb bed, mixed in with other plants in beds and borders or grown in pots on the patio, where they’ll be handy to pick and provide excellent colour and scent. Herbs are not only good to grow for the kitchen, but also for the garden and lots have colourful flowers and foliage.
2. Cut Back
Plants grown for their colourful stems – such as dogwoods, rubus and some bush willows – will produce more intense colours if the stems are cut back hard now. Pruning is also needed to give your roses the best possible start – hybrid tea, floribunda and climbing roses benefit from pruning during March. After pruning, spray with an insecticide and fungicide to protect against future problems. Then feed with a granular rose fertilizer to ensure a mass of perfect blooms, then mulch with composted bark or well-rotted manure.
3. Feed Your Plants
All garden plants will benefit from being fed now as they start to come into growth. Your lawn will also benefit greatly from some TLC! Use a general granular fertilizer – such as MiracleGro Growmore or Blood, Fish and Bone – or a controlled-release fertilizer for a once-a-year feed.
4. The Fruits of Your Labour
To ensure bumper crops of fruit, give trees and bushes a good feed with a balanced granular fertilizer, then add a good thick mulch of compost, composted bark or well-rotted manure. You can plant containerised fruit trees and soft fruit at any time of the year.
5. Bring Colour Inside
Now is the perfect time to give your houseplants a boost. Start by re-potting those plants that need bigger pots. This is the time to start giving all your houseplants a good feed. Pests will be on the increase now so check regularly and deal with any you find.
6. Pest Be On Your Way…
As plants come into growth, pests and diseases will be on the increase. Start looking at your plants now and dealing with any problems and you’ll prevent them from getting out of control. Slugs, aphids, white-fly, scale insects, red spider mite and numerous diseases may all be waiting to attack. You should also be on the lookout for pests and fungal diseases in your greenhouse and should deal with them as soon as possible.
It seems like a lot of work – especially when the weather misbehaves! But, in a few short weeks you will begin to see this hard work transform your garden into something glorious!