6 ways to get your garden ready for spring

6 ways to get your garden ready for spring

Posted 19th Mar 2019

As spring is virtually upon us, it means it the ideal time to get into your garden.

However, with 52 per cent of Brits having neglected their garden over the winter, it means your outdoor space could need a bit of TLC if it's going to be ready for spring.

That's where these six tips from Tiger Sheds come in...

1. Tool trade

Following a winter in your shed, your tools will probably be looking a little sorry for themselves. Yet a quick clean will mean they're back to their best in no time at all.

Start by giving your tools a quick wipe with a damp cloth - this gets rid of any dirt. If there are any particularly problematic rust spots, try sandpaper or steel wool. When you're sorting the blades, use an oil-soaked cloth to wipe them down, and be sure to sharpen them before use.

Remember, dry your tools before storing them - failing to do this can cause rot.

2. Furniture love

Give your furniture a clean before using it again. A good way to do this will be with the pressure washer - a quick blast will get it looking tip-top in no time at all.

However, if you want to avoid getting your furniture wet, a wipe down could be the order of the day to get it looking clean.

With unpredictable weather coming in spring, it could be worth applying a teak or linseed oil to provide some protection. If you feel particularly creative, you could even give it a lick of paint to create a fresh look.

3. Fresh trim

It may not be here yet, but with the sunshine not too far away, you'll soon need to mow regularly. Keep an eye on your lawnmower to ensure it's working smoothly after a restful winter - if it isn't, this could be a good time to invest in new machinery before it gets out of control.

If it's still as good as ever, the only thing you may want to do is get the blades sharpened, as it helps you to keep the grass healthy, as well as giving it a better cut.

Prior to mowing, clean up any debris on your lawn, so the new growth can prosper. When April takes over, start applying lawn fertiliser to your grass, so it’s in perfect condition for spring sunshine.

4. Spring clean flower beds

After the winter we've had, it's time to provide your flowers with some life. Start ordering seedlings or bedding plants as this lets you sow your pots, borders and hanging baskets in preparation for summer.

It’s also important to get stuck into weeding, as tackling roots while they're shallow helps to prevent it from becoming a big job during the summer. It's now time to prepare your soil for planting, which you can do by digging the soil and turning it over - this ensures the roots get enough oxygen. You can also apply compost to the soil, to give your plants extra nourishment.

5. A taste of good life

It doesn't matter whether it's an established veg patch or you're growing it from scratch - the new season offers a great time to kick starting the vegetable garden.

It's not actually summer yet, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to be done. There are different varieties of vegetable seed which can be grown from March onwards, and it means you start enjoying yours before summer arrives. When planting salad crops, small polytunnels provide plants with a better chance of success.

6. Shed refresh

Make the most of the opportunity that spring affords to give your shed a clean. If it turned into a dumping ground over the winter months, seize the chance to tidy it before the summer. If there's the time, why not give the insides a lick of paint?

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