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Spring Gardening Tips & Tools

Read about all of your spring gardening essentials here. Watch out gardening demonstration videos and learn how to maximize the spring gardening season.

Spring Gardening Tips: Lawns

Lawn grasses start to grow early in spring so check your lawn early in the season to assess health. If your lawn is  neglected, a little effort now will pay dividends in the long run.

  • Thatch your lawn, if you didn't do it in the autumn, using either a spring-tined rake or, better still, a purpose made thatcher to remove all the thatch and other debris that has accumulated over the winter.
  • If moss is a problem, apply a moss killer as soon as the grass begins to grow, leave it to work for two weeks, and then thatch to remove it.
  • Apply a high nitrogen feed in late spring to give your lawn a good start to the season.
  • Re seed any bare patches using a suitable grass mixture (for more information see the information on lawn grasses)
  • Use a half moon edger to redefine the lawn edge and give a neat crisp finish - this is one of those jobs that will make an enormous difference to the appearance of your garden.
  • For the earliest cuts, mow the grass with your lawn mower blades on the highest setting - mowing too closely this early in the season is counter productive and will damage your lawn. More advice on mowing can be found at mowing a lawn.

Spring Gardening Tips: Borders

Spending time on your borders now will get them in great shape for the rest of the season.

  • Spring is a great time to find out more about your soil by carrying out a soil pH test. Whether you are doing it for the first time, or have been using lime or other soil conditioners to amend your soil, pH testing is a very easy procedure and will enable you to garden more effectively.
  • If, like us, you prefer to leave your perennials and grasses standing throughout winter, you should now remove any dead growth before the new shoots start growing.
  • Apply a general fertilizer such as blood, fish and bone, or pelleted chicken manure.
  • Weeds are a fact of life in the garden so get on top of the problem by digging out or hoeing any early weeds.
  • Give your borders a thick mulch, at least 5cm (2in) deep, while the soil is still moist. This will conserve moisture, keep down weeds and generally smarten them up. There is a list of mulches and other soil conditioners for different types of soil at improving or amending your soil.
  • Divide clumps of perennials now if you didn't do it in the autumn. If you end up with more plants than you need, consider swapping with a friend or neighbor - this is a great way to get plants for free. How to divide perennials and the best time to divide provide more information on this.

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Gardener's All Purpose Hand Brush M-40-SL
Gardener's All Purpose Hand Brush M-40-SL
This All-Purpose Gardener's hand brush is great for cleaning out pots, benches, shelves and more. The brush fibers are slightly domed outward which makes for easy cleaning of rounded objects. It is made with a hardy Palmyra Fiber that is staple set into a hardwood block head and handle. These fibers are great for cleaning off hard, stuck mud and dirt from any surface. The wood handle is easy to grip and offers easy storage with a hang-up hole.

Brush head: 3" x 4.25"
Handle: 4.25"
Brush length: 2"
Overall length: 8.5"