How to prepare my garden for spring?

How to prepare my garden for spring?

Posted by Helen Wood on 12th Jan 2022

How to prepare my garden for spring?

Hyundai HYSW1000 yard sweeper

Are you spring ready?

Tidy up flower beds and borders

How to clean a greenhouse?

How to remove pests from the garden?

Replant deciduous shrubs

What is a deciduous shrub?

How to create a composting area


How to prepare my garden for spring?

With winter upon us and spring fast approaching, and with the evenings becoming lighter, now is the time to start planning and preparing your garden for the arrival of new growth and the lovely display of spring blossoms.

It’s always best to start clearing external areas from any debris left behind by the winter season.

Invest in high-quality gardening tools to make your gardening experience easier and more enjoyable. Use the right tools for the job to get the best results in your garden and surrounding areas.

The Hyundai HYSW1000

The Hyundai HYSW1000 is a petrol-powered yard sweeper with a 1-metre working width and can be used in all seasons not just spring, taking the strain out of the laborious job of clearing away debris and light snowfalls, providing an excellent sweeping performance.

The Hyundai HYSW1000 yard sweeper is robust and is easy to manoeuvre in difficult conditions providing excellent sweeping performance in outside areas such as:

  • Pathways
  • Driveways
  • Forecourts
  • Artificial grass
  • Farmyards
  • Parks
  • Leisure centres
  • Car Park
  • Factories
  • Agricultural settings

  • All-Terrain Tyres

    The Hyundai IC175VE 173cc features large pneumatic tyres making manoeuvrability effortless, even in hard-to-reach spaces and is very adaptable with all types of terrain, including snow.

    3 Speed Gear Box

    The yard sweeper gearbox has three forward speeds and one reverse, benefitting working with a suitable speed that meets the conditions and minimises dust. The main controls are ideally within reach of the handlebars, height-adjustable, enabling easy and safe use.

    It’s a proper little mover with a travel speed from 0.7m/sec to 1.2m/sec.

    Adjustable Height

    The operator can easily alter the brush height allowing access to different surfaces.

    Five Brush Angles

    The operator can set the brush angle to one of 5 pre-set angles, such as straight ahead, 22.5 degrees left or 22.5 degrees right, ideal for many working options and varying terrain levels.

    Noise Level

    Benefiting from a low noise level, the yard sweeper emits a low noise level, making it neighbour friendly when in use.

    Warranty

    The power brush has been designed to provide years of reliable service with a three-year warranty.

    Are you spring ready?

    Ten tips to help you prepare the garden for spring

    1.Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds

    2.Tidy up flower beds and borders

    3.Clean out and wash your greenhouse

    4.Sow any seeds that need a more extended season

    5.Hunt down and remove garden pests

    6.Start collecting rainwater

    7.Move deciduous shrubs

    8.Maintain fences, gates and trellis

    9.Clean and sharpen gardening tools

    10.Create a composting area

    Now is the time to plan and create your border design for a beautiful exhibit of summer blossoms.

    Order your flowering bulbs and seeds now for spring planting, such as:

  • Lilies
  • Gladioli
  • Ranunculi

  • Tidy up flower beds and borders 

    Clean up the flower beds and borders, removing leaves and other waste. You can chop down the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now, but it’s better to wait until early spring if you wish to protect the vital wildlife hibernating in your garden. 

    Return borders and beds to bare soil.

    Place the dead organic stuff you’ve removed into your compost pile or container to decompose. Remove any visible weeds and either burn them or place them in the recycle bin.

    Composting weeds will not solve the problem, and they will soon return. Instead, dispose of them in the recycle bin.

    If the soil in the unfilled garden border is workable and not too muddy and wet from the winter season, now is the time to apply a 5cm layer of organic material such as well-rotted manure or compost.

    How to clean a greenhouse?

    Now is an excellent opportunity to start cleaning out your greenhouse in preparation for the arrival of seedlings and cuttings in the spring.

    Apply a disinfectant or detergent to the outside of your greenhouse to remove algae, moss, and general dirt, allowing light to enter the area during the growing season while also lowering potential insect and disease breeding grounds.

    Disinfect the inside of the glass as well; over-wintering pests and diseases may survive in the tiniest nooks.

    Sweep off any plant debris from the floor and benches, then wash with a hot solution of garden disinfectant, such as Jeyes Fluid.

    Wash pots and seed trays while you’re at it to prevent diseases like ‘damping off’ from infecting your young plants.

    To guarantee adequate drying, thoroughly ventilate your greenhouse over several days.

    Now is also the time to inspect the greenhouse’s construction, search for any damage to glass, and replace or repair, if possible, to avoid any potential disasters caused by shattered glass.

    Sowing seeds

    January and February are ideal times to sow any seeds that need a more extended growing season. Plants such as:

  • geraniums (pelargoniums)
  • begonias
  • antirrhinums
  • peppers
  • aubergines
  • These are best started in a heated propagator or a garden cloche to guarantee good development.


    How do I remove pests from the garden?

    Find and eradicate hibernating pests now to spare yourself a lot of bother in the spring and summer.

    Examine the tops of your perennial plants for slugs, snails, and aphid colonies that may be hibernating for the winter.

    If you haven’t yet taken out last year’s summer bedding pots, do so now, keeping an eye out for white-vine-weevil larvae, which dwell in the compost and feed on plant roots.

    Get rid of any larvae you find and be ready to treat for vine weevils this year with parasitic nematodes or chemical drenches, or go organic, sprinkle smashed eggshells around the surface of the plant pot to fend off any pests.

    Install water butts and start collecting rainwater.

    Place a water butt in your garden during the winter months to take advantage of seasonal rain.

    Most of the year’s rainfall occurs during the winter months; therefore, now seems to be the time to capture it.

    Rainwater collection is fundamental for eco-friendly gardening.

    Peak water demand during the hotter months frequently prompts water providers to draw on groundwater reserves and streams, which is environmentally damaging and expensive for households.

    As tap water is often slightly alkaline, ericaceous plants do best with rainwater such as:

  • camellias
  • rhododendrons
  • blueberries
  • Before installing it, position your water butt below a downpipe from your house or shed. If your drainpipe is closed, you’ll need to install a diverter kit to divert some of the rainfall.


    Replant deciduous shrubs

    Because deciduous shrubs remain dormant throughout the winter, this is an ideal time to transfer them. The roots are prone to wind damage during inclement weather, so to protect the roots from drying out, transfer the plants on a calm day rather than a windy day.

    What is a deciduous shrub?

    A deciduous shrub ranges in size, form, and colour and sheds its leaves each autumn before going into sleep mode for the winter.

    Maintain fences, gates and trellis

    Now is the time of year to tackle those tedious maintenance chores. Look for signs of weather damage or deterioration on fence panels, gates, and trellis. Acting now may save you time and money later and allow you to enjoy more time outside during spring and summer.

    Power washers are ideal equipment to clean fence panels, garden sheds, and gates from dirt and moss. Use a firm brush to dislodge the build-up for any areas prone to dirt or mildew.

    Let the wood dry thoroughly before applying two coats of stain, paint, or wood preservative.

    Clean and sharpen gardening tools.

    Treat your tools to a thorough cleaning and sharpening over winter.

    Garden equipment that is well-maintained will last longer, saving you money in the long run and reducing disease transmission. Dirty secateurs are notorious for transferring germs and fungi to freshly trimmed wounds.

    Use a strong detergent, hot water, and scourers to clean bladed equipment thoroughly. Sharpening your tools improves their functionality, making them easier to use and generating cleaner pruning cuts.

    Coat the blades and hinges with oil or WD40 after sharpening.

    Hand tools include:

  • spades
  • hoes
  • trowels
  • rakes
  • will also benefit from a good clean and oiling.


    How to create a composting area

    If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to set up a composting area in your garden. Ready-made compost bins are available from any garden outlet or home store, or by using a few wooden pallets, you could make your own.

    A compost area provides a place for all your organic waste. After it’s decomposed, you’ll have an excellent, rich compost that your plants will thrive on.

    Make sure you have a good mix of grass clippings, vegetable peelings, paper, and woody pruning’s, preferably alternating each layer with newspaper.

    To help the process along, mix your compost once a month with a garden fork to keep it aerated.

    And finally, it’s all about keeping warm and dry once you are out there braving the winter elements. A sturdy pair of trousers will see you through many seasons of gardening.

    Wishing you all a bright, warm, and beautiful Spring

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