Spring cleaning: preparing your garden for spring

Have you noticed that chill in the air slowly beginning to fade? Finding that bundling up under all those blankets at night suddenly feels a little too toasty? That's right, winter is finally on the way out, making room for the ever-so-lovely spring months and replacing all those dreary greys with a much warmer, brighter colour palette.

It would be such a shame not to let our own gardens get all dressed up for the season, wouldn't it? That's why we're here to give you some friendly advice that will go a long way towards making your spring garden radiant and beautiful.

Remove weeds

Firstly, start checking for and removing any weeds that are taking up vital space in your garden. Be sure not to damage any plants that are still healthy, or that you'd still like to keep around. These can very simply be planted around and, in many cases, will beautifully compliment any new plants you bring in. Even dead plants can serve a vital purpose, as we'll soon see.

Improve and replenish your soil

Ensuring that your soil is healthy and absorbent can work wonders for protecting your garden against any potentially difficult weather conditions or mishaps, and with a little preparation, the results will speak for themselves as your plants grow up happy and healthy in an environment that positively supports their growth. Soil made rough and dry from the winter months can be easily rejuvenated by top-dressing it in a thick (at least 5cm) layer of mulch, which will help it retain moisture. Use any organic material you see fit, such as compost, woodchips, leaves, or grass clippings. Leaving dead plants in the soil can also serve as a terrific source of organic material, and won't disturb any microbes in the soil. To keep your soil in optimal condition, try to avoid using pesticides or harmful chemicals.

Get started on pruning

Winter serves as the perfect time to start cutting back on any overgrown branches, as the cold weather reduces the chance of infection by giving cuts more time to heal. Try to focus on any branches that may begin to rub against each other, as that may prevent them from growing healthily, as well as any that may damage your walls or roof. Pruning in winter will also promote faster, healthier growth once spring comes around.

Group plants by their needs

When selecting new plants for your garden, be sure to assess what their individual water requirements and needs may be, and group plants with similar needs together so that they can all be easily maintained. Some plants may require plenty of moisture and shade, while others may thrive in full sunlight. Grouping plants together can make them all look absolutely wonderful, and will ensure that your garden is healthy and gorgeous.

Following these simple tips will go a long way towards turning your garden into a stunning work of art. Spring is just around the corner, so be sure to get started as soon as you can.

Happy planting!