Spring has cautiously arrived, and with it the colours and flowers that make this season such a wonderful time of the year. Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, you’re probably thinking about digging out your gardening tools and spending some time outdoors. But where to start after leaving your garden to its own devices for the whole of winter? We’re here to give you some expert tips on the tasks that you should be prioritising in March, to make the most of this early stage of spring.
1. Mow the Lawn
When was the last time you cut the grass? Winter is a welcome break from mowing the lawn, but now that the warmer weather has arrived you’ll soon notice the grass shooting up. Adjust the setting on your mower to be higher off the ground initially, to give a longer, even cut until the grass starts growing back thick and full. It’s also a good time to strim your borders, to restore definition to your garden.
2. An Outdoor Spring Clean
From build-ups of leaves to weeds and moss, that spick and span summer garden will no doubt be looking a little tired after months of harsh weather. Spend some time digging over flowerbeds, clearing debris, and cleaning up your garden furniture on a nice day. Target weeds now to prevent a bigger job later in the season, and don’t forget to recycle your garden waste!
3. Design Your Garden
Feel like you didn’t quite make the most of your garden last year? Soft landscaping can help you design the perfect outdoor space if you want to fill your garden with flowers, shrubs, hedges or a vegetable plot. A landscape gardener can help you maximise the space available, with well-thought-out ways to improve the look and feel of your garden.
4. What to Plant?
Hold fire before you go full steam ahead with the planting. Although the daffodils and crocuses might be showing their heads, it’s still a little early for some seeds and plants to face the elements. Do your research to know which plants are sturdy enough to withstand possible spring frosts – generally speaking, it’s a good time to plant perennials and some summer-flowering plants.
5. Planning Ahead
If you’ve got grand designs for your garden this year, make sure you map out what you need to be doing and when over the next few months. Especially for vegetable plots, it’s essential that you know your calendar to get the best harvest from your crops. Order plants now, or consult your gardener for professional help and advice.
Embrace the warmer weather and get outside this spring, to start making ground on your garden early in the season. The sooner you tackle these essential tasks, the sooner your hard work will start paying off when the summer arrives. Need help? Leave the trickier and specialist tasks to your gardener, so you can enjoy the time spent gardening instead of sweating it out with a spade!
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellygGrassam. This article has been written with helpful information from Gagajoo Landscapes.