If you haven’t managed to brave the outside this winter and fully make use of your outside space, now’s the time! There are so many ways you can have fun with your yard and it can become a long-term project as well. Gardening is very therapeutic and satisfying, so get out there! Work on that perfect lawn, plant flowers, make space for a vegetable patch, there are endless possibilities. Before you know it, you’ll be obsessed.
The first thing to do is clear some space for other things to grow so get rid of all unwanted weeds and moss. They should come out more easily this time of year, after the cold, wet winter weather. You should keep an eye on these all year round and make sure they don’t dig deep roots. It can take a few years to get rid of weeds don’t worry, as they are relentless due to rapid spread and persistent seed productivity. They are also more resistant yet can be dormant and then come back when the weather improves. The key is removing them before they flower. An alternative to pulling them out is covering them with a thick layer of mulch, you can make this from your old, raked up leaves. Put them threw a leaf shredder or lawnmower.
Winter or just before spring, is the best time to start pruning. This means trimming excessively long or dead stems and leaves of plants and bushes to encourage maximum regrowth, much like a haircut. You can even cut off old dried up flower buds. Pay special attention to summer-blooming shrubs if you have them, as these should automatically start flowering nicely.
Now it’s good to know which fertilizer is best so shop around. You can match the type of fertilizer to the plant, this should be on the instructions. If you want to get down to detail you can even test the soil and see which is more compatible. Compost works great as, or alongside another organic fertilizer. Find out how to create a compost pile online, it’s a great way to get rid of your organic waste in the house, such as fruit and vegetable peeling, teabags, coffee, and leftovers.
4. Edge the beds
This is a technique you need to start with which uses a tool to cut an edge and draw out flower beds. This creates a neat line, and a lip to collect mulch. Check out this video example. Once you’ve got the beds prepared you can start planting. Create a “raised bed” by loosening the soil with a hoe as you want fluffy soil. Mulch after planting seeds or bulbs and try not to walk on the beds. This will keep them protected. Sort out your irrigation system with a hose or sprinkler. This will be important for your lawn as well.
It’s all about making space so you might even need to get rid of any old tree stumps, or unwanted roots getting in the way. There are tree felling companies that can help you do that. Sometimes trees can actually be quite dangerous so it’s a good idea to have them inspected if you feel like they might be a hazard to your house.
On the other hand, you might want to actually plant some. You’ll need to carefully think about where to put them. You also need to take into account root health, weather, soil conditions, and aftercare. This is a great time of year to plant trees as winter to early spring has more appropriate conditions. Some trees are easier to plant than others, for a selection of trees to look at, start here.
Growing your own vegetables can be one of the most satisfying things on Earth. It’s an all-year-long project. The best thing is you can get to eat the produce. It’s a great way to get to know the neighbors because you can share tips and maybe set up a stand at a farmer’s market near you. To get you started this season try, onions, garlic, salad leaves, radishes, potatoes, peas, spring onions, and green beans. There are some lower maintenance options for beginners as well, don’t worry. You can harvest these in the summer, so look out for some great results.
7. Animal visitors
You might get some furry friends passing along now that you’re sprucing up your garden finally. Why not put out some food for them? Do some research into the common wildlife in your local area. You can get some binoculars and see who arrives to stop for a snack. Be careful of pests, and local pets such as cats and dogs as they might disturb the other animals and steal their food.
Many wilder species will just be waking up from hibernation, however. Depending on where you live these could include hedgehogs, frogs, bees, snakes, and lizards. You could up little boxes for them to hide in.
Consider digging in a pond to host your amphibians. It’s not too difficult to do, just make sure there are stones and branches surrounding it so that the animals can get in and out. Be sure to add water lilies and other plants to keep it from becoming stagnant.
Let your grass grow longer and plant “climbers” such as roses. This will encourage more wildlife and insects and they will have a more secluded place to live. This will help you to maintain your own healthy micro-eco-system. For more information on how to build a wildlife-friendly garden, see here.
Birds need their own point because they’re a perfect addition to any spring garden. Make your own bird feeder from household objects such as plastic bottles, trays, and other used items. This is your opportunity to get creative. You can recycle so many old objects in the house and use them to decorate the garden as well as making little homes for birds and critters. Luckily bird feed can be made at home as well because birds like to eat most of the things in your compost bin. This can include, fruit, vegetables, grains and, eggshells. You can watch them come and play from the window. Don’t forget to set up a birdbath as well.
No garden is complete without a little color, here is a list of flowers you can plant on the first day of spring. Daffodils are a must of course. They’re also great at withstanding wet weather conditions. Collect rainwater to water them with as flowers are often more delicate. Set a bucket or watering can up outside and make sure you water according to rainfall.
10. Garden tools
Now that you’re getting serious about gardening you’re gonna need the tools to match. It’s actually really important to keep them clean to prevent the spread of bacteria and rust. Sharpen them as well as this will give them better performance. Some of them will also need oiling or WD40 applying.
Check the condition of fencing panels and gates as well, as the winter weather might have caused a bit of wear and tear. Make sure you get these replaced if they’re rotten or rusty and this will spread.
Now that you’re ready to get back in the garden, another welcome addition any time is guests! How about throwing an early garden party or a bbq? This is the most satisfying way to both enjoy and show off your hard work.