This post was originally posted on 25th February 2019. Amended and re-posted on 12th April 2021.
Spring is certainly taking it’s own sweet time appearing this year. But that’s no excuse for delaying preparations to get the garden ready for the coming seasons. And just think, if we do the work now, we will have more months of R&R later on. So, here’s my list of jobs that are on my own to-do-list for the next couple of weeks. Now I’m no gardener in any true sense – more of a garden stylist. I just like my outside space to look nice and work as an extra room at this time of year. So true gardeners should look away now.
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Image: Global bazaar – Alps 6-seat dining set, Dobbies Garden Centres.
General Tidy Up
Even the mildest of winters will result in a build up of dead leaves and branches, so these will be the first things to be tackled. Plus getting rid of all those dead pot plants that you didn’t quite get round to doing in the autumn. It’s a bit early for heavy pruning as there still might be frosts (yes even now, have you seen the forecasts?!), but cutting away the already dead branches should be okay. While you’re at it tie in any climbers that have broken loose, and give paths a good sweep and perhaps a jet-wash. There, it looks better already.
Image: Branchwood Lounger, Indigenous.
Now’s the time to repair any fences, trellises and gates before the climbers start to take hold. Get rid of any mould with a wire brush and soapy water and give them a fresh coat of preservative or paint once they are dry. You don’t need to paint every year but if this year is the year, you can’t put it off any longer. Just get on with it. We need to replace the reed screening on the pergola this year as it’s fallen apart but as it’s lasted three years already, that seems fair enough.
Image: Oka UK.
Mow the Grass
If it’s dry enough where you live, the lawn will now be starting to grow. But don’t just mow it. Take the opportunity to give it a rake and a then give it a good feed. It will reward you later. Is there anything nicer that the scent of freshly cut grass? And this is where I confess that I don’t have any. We replaced the grass with artificial turf a few years ago, much to my regret ever since. If you’re considering the faux kind yourself, do yourself a favour and DON’T DO IT. I’ve written a post about it here.
Image: Tresco Armchair, Neptune.
Get the Furniture Out of Storage
As with the fences and trellises, now’s the time to give wooden furniture a good rub down and a fresh coat of preservative. Particularly if it’s been out in the elements all winter. Cushions will also need some attention if they have been in the shed for a few months. If you can’t chuck them in the washing machine, at least sponge them down with a damp cloth and leave them in the sun to air. Oh, and you may have to repair any mice damage. Little blighters.
Image: Gardener’s Tool Bag, Annabel James.
Prepare the Soil and Get Ready for Planting
It’s too early to put out tender plants, so take the opportunity to give the soil a good turn over and feed. Once done it will also make the garden look nicer too. Once done, you can sow seeds directly into the ground this month. Tools too, need a wash with some soapy water. I don’t know if it’s true but I was once told that you should oil them, to prevent rust and to make it easier to look after them.
Image: Lights 4 Fun.
Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
You deserve it. And if you didn’t plan ahead last autumn and plant some bulbs, just pop down to the garden centre and pick up a pot or two of already flowering lovelies. Job done.
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