Spring

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‘Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn’ Lewis Grizzard.

March

  • Prepare seed beds by adding good compost and raking over until you get a fine tilth. Cover the bed with black plastic to help warm the soil up in anticipation of sowing seeds.
  • Sow seeds in trays in the house on a sunny window sill or in a green house.
  • Protect new shoots of bulbs, perennials and shrubs from slugs
  • Lay turf or use seed to repair patches in lawns.
  • Prune your Roses when the last frost has past. Remember to remove any dead or diseased stems as well as crossing stems. Give them, and your other flowering shrubs, a feed with “Toprose”.

April

  • Start mowing the lawn regularly and apply a lawn weed and feed.
  • Plant new roses, trees, shrubs and perennials. Do not forget to feed them with a general purpose fertiliser.
  • Prick out half-hardy annual seedlings or pot them up as necessary.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Begonias and Dahlias.
  • Mothers’ Day is March 26th. Why not buy the one you love a spring – flowering Camellia or a basket of Violas from The Secret Garden.
  • Freshen up pots, window boxes and hanging baskets with spring bedding plants such as Daffodils, Primroses and Violas.

May

  • After the last frost, plant out half-hardy annuals in containers and outdoor beds
  • Take cuttings from new growth of shrubs and perennials
  • Cut back spring flowering bulbs after the foliage has faded to yellow / brown.
  • Plant shrubs such as lilacs or Hydrangeas.
  • Clean the Patio or decking ready for summer
  • Check for nesting birds before pruning hedge