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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.