Spring clean your garden
Over winter the lawn doesn't grow much but now that the weather has warmed up mowing is a regular task. Mowing regularly keeps the lawn in good health and mowing on different cutting heights through spring and summer is recommended. Spring time is a good time to treat your lawn for moss and weeds and to apply fertiliser.
Tending to your shrubs and plants at this time of year is important...
- Deadhead rhododendrons and azaleas to encourage the formation of next year's blooms and prune other spring-flowering shrubs after flowering.
- Deal with any sign of infestation or disease in roses.
- Plant out any shrubs that are tender when young such as hydrangea and fuchsia.
- Plant out half-hardy annuals when fear of frost has passed in containers and outdoor beds.
- Trim back spreading alpine plants such as aubrietia and arabis 2-3 inches from the base when they have finished flowering.
- Clip box hedges.
It is a good time of year to power wash your paths, patios and driveways for the seasons ahead and also check your fences or gates for any damage from winter winds.