How To Get Your Garden Ready For Spring

If you are wishing that spring would just hurry up and get here, you are not alone! But while we wait for the sunshine, blossoms and buds to emerge, there are plenty of things to do in preparation for the season ahead.

Tidying & Preparing

Whether you have a compact patio, an average-size urban plot or a sprawling garden, now is the perfect time to grab your heavy-duty gloves, bin bags and a mug of tea, and head outdoors for a tidying session.

Give any outdoor garden or patio furniture a good scrub. There may be weathered planters, toys or other things that have been left lying around over the winter months that you could give away or take to the tip. Put anything you want to keep to one side – you may be able to revive items like plastic planters or patio chairs with some colourful spray paint.

If you have a lawn, it is a good idea to rake the grass this month and spike it with a fork to aerate it. This encourages soil organisms and root growth. At this time of year the garden is still dormant, but the sap will start rising early in spring. Which means now is your last chance to prune and remove dead growth from your shrubs, trees and hedges.

You might want to do some hard landscaping, such as building a miniature wall or creating a garden path or a decked area. Although it’s cold outside, now is a great time while the garden is quietly sleeping to form the layout and structure of your garden, ready for the fun part later – planting!

Preparing to Plant

Even the smallest garden can be enhanced with some considered planting. Architectural plants can really make a statement, and you could even go vertical by fixing planters up the walls.

Look online for garden inspiration and sketch your ideas out. Perhaps you fancy reshaping your lawn and flower beds? Diagonal and circular shapes are popular and you can find lots of advice and different downloadable designs online to help you. If you fancy a vegetable patch this year, you could create some raised beds specifically for this purpose.

After the risk of frost subsides later this month, you can get busy diving perennials and even plant out deciduous shrubs and roses. If you have a greenhouse, or even just an airing cupboard, you might want to start growing some seedlings and potting some cuttings.

Creating an Outdoor Living Room

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It is so lovely in the spring to sit outdoors and feel the sunshine on your face. Why not make it even more pleasant and maximise the use of your outdoor space by creating somewhere really inviting to sit. Weathered old fences can be spruced up with some delicious shades of fence paint and this season there are lots of lovely homeware items at George to help you create some seriously stylish garden rooms.

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Retro style seating in minty green, anyone? These chairs are surprising lightweight and comfy to sit in – especially dressed with plump, colourful cushions – and every outdoor space needs some fun string lighting!

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Even if the weather is still a bit chilly, you can take a snuggly throw outside with you to put round your shoulders. Or why not consider buying a patio heater for extra warmth – they are especially useful in the evenings, allowing you to spend a little longer outside, when you might also want to light a candle or two for extra ambience.

Keep an eye out for cheerful daffodils and snow drops appearing towards the end of the month and then you’ll finally know that spring is on its way!

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Antonia Ludden is a freelance content contributor specialising in home interiors and the founder of TidyAwayToday.co.uk, a home interiors and lifestyle blog. She is a married mum of three boys and lives in South Manchester.

Antonia Ludden

Antonia Ludden is a freelance content contributor specialising in home interiors and the founder of TidyAwayToday.co.uk, a home interiors and lifestyle blog. She is a married mum of three boys and lives in South Manchester.