Spring is on its way which means that you will be busy soon in sowing seeds, growing plants and nurturing the garden so it starts looking like how it used to before winter struck. If you plan on focusing on your garden this spring, then it is best if you start planning now, as gardens are mostly in a bad condition during the winter. It is time to organize your mind and come up with new plans for your garden. Here are a few tips that will help you in gardening for the coming spring.
Buy flowering bulbs and seeds
It is the best time to purchase summer-flowering bulbs and seeds since you can sow them in the wet soil during the winter season. Plants like lilies, ranunculi, and gladioli can be ordered in winters for some early spring sowing.
Tidy up the garden
Before planting anything it is best to tidy up the garden. Remove all the leaves and debris so that you have a clear ground to work on. Cut back the old dead grass and perennials. Clear all the borders so your plants look aligned. Remove any weeds you find in the garden and burn it. If you have a greenhouse, then it is the best time to clean it too. Wash the outside of the greenhouse using a detergent to get rid of all the germs. Make sure to remove all the algae, moss and grime to allow the sunlight to come through. Ventilate the greenhouse and clean all the benches, pots, etc.
Remove the garden pests
Pests tend to find shelter under the perennial plants during winters, therefore make sure to hunt down the pests and remove them now to save yourself from a lot of work during the spring and summer.
Fix the necessary supports in the garden
It is the best time to get all the maintenance tasks out of the way. Check if any fences, gates or trellis in your garden have been damaged and need to be fixed. You should also replace the broken structures in your garden. Clean all the panels, fences and gates, and polish them to remove any dirt. Paint them to give them a fresh new look.
Install water butts in your garden
By installing a water butt in your garden during winters you will be able to collect a lot of water through the rainfall. You can always use this stored water for watering your plants and grass later on. Moreover, rainfall water is the best for plants since tap water is more alkaline in nature.
Clean and sharpen your gardening tools
Since you will be using your gardening tools soon, therefore it is better to clean and sharpen them now. Taking care of your gardening tools can make them last for a longer time thus saving you money. Moreover, it also prevents diseases from spreading. Make sure to use hot water and detergent to clean your tools. Sharpening these tools will improve their performance thus you will allow you to do your work easily. Don’t forget to apply some oil on the blades for smooth functioning.