Get ready for Spring

Wondering where to start? Here are our 6 Spring Gardening Tips to keep you busy and get you back into the swing of things...

1. Give your Garden a Spring Clean

Got a spot of Spring Cleaning planned? People often associate this time of the year with dusters, hoovers and bleach. It’s actually a great time to clean your garden too. We recommend sharpening those garden tools and making a start on…

  • Sweeping away any leftover leaves and debris

  • Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back

  • Your soil is likely to be dried out after winter, so it’s best to give it some moisture with either compost or manure

  • Testing the soil to see what nutrients it needs with a pH testing kit (or some vinegar and baking soda). If it’s the soil has been amended at any point during autumn/winter, it may be imbalanced. If you have rich, healthy soil, then all your ground needs is a little sprinkling of compost or an organic fertiliser.

2. Trim old plants

Any plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they’ll reblossom in the spring. April is the perfect time to do this as it’s unlikely they’ll be any unexpected freezes! Plants that are currently in bloom should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring.

3. Sow your vegetable patch

Got plans for the Easter weekend? It’ll be an ideal time to fill your veg patch with crops you’ll be picking throughout summer and autumn. If you already have a veg patch, rake any weeds up and fork some fresh soil over the top. Then sprinkle on some general fertiliser and rake finely.

If you don’t have a veg patch, a quick fix and something that’ll look great in the garden are attractive timber raised beds - see our wide range here.  (They can be placed on grass, earth or patios - and be in ground or partially in ground too.)

Here are a few examples of what to sow in Spring:

  • Carrots

  • Radishes

  • Rocket

  • Spinach

  • spring onions

  • Swiss chard

  • Beetroots

  • Leeks

  • Don’t forget your herbs such as parsley and chervil.

4. Get Ready to Mow

When was the last time you used the lawn mower? Before you trim the garden it may well need a service. If you have the correct tools, you can sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil and lubricate moving parts if needed.

Get Planting

5. Get planting!

Now you’re garden is clean and the old plants are taken care of, it’s onto the new ones. Plants and flowers that are perfect to plant in the Springtime include:

  • Pansies

  • Gladiolus (aka Sword Lilies)

  • Snapdragons

  • Vegetables like lettuce, peas and arugula

  • Redbuds

  • Foxgloves

  • Lilacs

  • Tulips

A quick money saving tip: Plant more perennials than annuals. Annuals have to be replaced every year (they die every year), whereas Perennials, last for two to three years and usually survive winter frosts.

Plant in your beds around the garden, pots or raised beds (see our range of raised beds - they come in all shapes and sizes to suit your garden.)

6. Start a Compost Pile

Start a compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don't have one already. When you’re Spring cleaning your garden collect all of the debris and leaves you’ve raked up. Add equal amounts of carbon-rich materials such as dried leaves and straw along with nitrogen-rich materials like grass clippings and weeds in even layers with water and a compost bioactivator. Turn regularly. Continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or nurturing a well-loved garden, Garden Paradise have many products to help your garden look amazing. From Koi Ponds and Sandpits to a variety of shapes and sizes of Raised Beds! All of our timber products come with guarantees.