April is National Gardening Month and a great time to spring-clean your garden so that it’s ready for you to enjoy in the warmer months ahead.
Winter weather can take its toll on grass, flowerbeds and trees, which will all need some care to get them back to their best. It’s time to open up your shed, clean and sharpen your tools and get to work on making your garden grow.
1. Have a general tidy-up
If the weather has kept you from gardening this winter, it’s likely there’ll be debris such as fallen leaves and branches to rake up and sweep away. As well as looking unsightly, debris can crowd your plants and hinder their regrowth.
After mid-April (once there’s less chance of an unexpected ground freeze), prune any plants that survived the winter to encourage new growth. Carefully remove any branches or stems that look dead, damaged or diseased to give new shoots a chance to grow.
2. Check wooden structures
It’s time to check on your shed, fences, gates and trellis for any signs of damage or decay which may have developed during the winter.
Rain, ice, snow and strong winds can all take a toll on woodwork so it’s important to address any problems and treat it with a wood preservative when there’s a spell of nice springtime weather (so it has a few days to dry thoroughly).
3. Weed and replenish soil
Flowerbeds and borders will need weeding at this time of year as plants start to grow again. Take care to remove the roots so the weeds don’t grow back.
Before you add any new plants, add moisture to dried-out soil by digging in a thin layer (approximately 5 centimetres) of manure or compost. You could also consider adding 1-3 inches of mulch (leaving a few inches of space around plant stems) to improve soil texture, deter pests, reduce weed growth and help maintain moisture and temperature.
4. Renew grass
Your lawn will be starting to regrow after winter; you can help it along by raking out dead grass and moss so new grass can push through and fill out any bare patches.
You can also improve drainage and aeration by digging thin holes in an even pattern across your lawn (approximately 10 centimetres apart) using a garden fork.
Early spring is an ideal time to prune trees as they come out of their dormant phase, but before they start to sprout new leaves, flowers or fruit. Pruning helps to ward off pests and diseases and ensure that regrowth is more productive.
Check older trees for weaknesses such as signs of rot, and make sure younger trees with shallower roots are stable if your soil is soft.
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