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Spring brings a burst of growth, colour, and life to gardens throughout the UK. For gardening enthusiasts and homeowners alike, this is a pivotal time. It’s important to restore your outdoor sanctuary, as well as set the stage for a flourishing season ahead. In this guide, we will unpack the steps you need to take to ensure that your garden is ready for the arrival of Spring.

Rejuvenate Your Soil

The foundation of every garden is the soil, and spring offers an excellent opportunity to revitalise it. Begin by clearing away any debris and weeds that may have encroached upon your garden over winter. To enrich the soil, consider adding well-composted organic matter, which not only improves its texture but also its ability to retain moisture and provide crucial nutrients.

Selecting Spring Plants

Spring presents a treasure trove of floral delights, from the classic daffodil to the elegant tulip. Plant selection is not only about the aesthetic; it’s also about the synergy of your garden. Whether you prefer perennials, biennials, or flowering shrubs, now is the time to choose what will grace your garden beds. Enhance your garden with UK-native plants for a sustainable and pollinator-friendly environment.

Sowing the Seeds

For those who prefer a garden that evolves from the ground up, spring is the perfect season for sowing seeds. Be mindful of the local climate and frost dates. While some seeds can be sown directly into the soil as soon as it thaws, others may benefit from an early start indoors under controlled conditions. Whether you opt for the delicate blooms of an annual or the robust foliage of a perennial, start small. Overcrowding at this stage can lead to stunted growth and an increased risk of disease. Water the seeds gently, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged, and watch as nature works her magic.

Tending to the Young Shoots

Once the seeds have taken root, your work has only just begun. Young plants are particularly vulnerable and require attention to ensure their survival. Protect your seedlings from sudden frosts, pests, and strong winds by employing row covers, plant shelters, and other protective measures. Practice good garden hygiene to prevent the spread of diseases. Regularly remove any dead or damaged foliage and keep an eye out for the first signs of pests. Early intervention can make all the difference – there are many organic and environmentally friendly solutions to common garden maladies.

Watering Wisdom

Springtime heralds an increase in sunshine and temperature, which can be a boon for your garden but also a challenge. Watering is crucial, especially for young plants and those in the process of flowering. The morning is the best time to water, as it allows the moisture to penetrate the soil and be taken up by the plants before the heat of the day evapo­rates it. Mulching is a practice that can greatly assist in conserving moisture, suppressing weeds, and maintaining a more even soil temperature. Consider organic mulches such as straw, wood chips, or compost, which also contribute organic matter to the soil over time.

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For those who desire a garden beyond their wildest dreams, J Lowther & Sons offers professional landscaping services tailored to your vision. From garden design and patio construction to tree surgery and maintenance, our team of experts will work with you to transform your outdoor space. Call 01925 394 813 today.

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