Spring is nearly upon us and it’s time to rid yourself of the dark cloak of winter and that also means it’s time to look at where your garden is at.
It’s a fair bet that a wide variety of weeds have taken up residence and with the warmer temperatures are now starting to appear in numbers therefore it’s important to impede their progress at the earliest possible time.
Every gardener knows that weeds need no encouragement to flourish particularly those that spread rapidly and if you don’t want your section looking like an untamed wilderness the sooner you set to the better.
The main goal here is to get all the debris out of the garden in order to provide those plants your really want with the opportunity to mature properly.
Start by cutting back any dead plant material and remove any plants that have succumbed during winter, however don’t be in too big a hurry to turn the soil over.
If you find that when you grab a clump it’s still wet and gluey leave that job until the ground is drier, usually you only have to wait a week or two.
Nevertheless, you can weed with enthusiasm. At this time of the year weeds have not had the time to establish deep roots and, with the help of a garden fork or trowel, it’s possible to remove any unwanted foliage without any concerted effort.
If you have spread mulch on the garden prior to winter, this can be replenished and spread evenly over the whole flower bed.
Any material that’s not really required such as a build-up of sodden leaves, twigs or small branches from trees should be removed and used in the compost.
Over time this material will break down sufficiently to use on the garden at a later date.
Transplant any existing shrubs you want to move before they begin to leaf out and cut back ornamental grasses.
Getting on top of the weeding now means a lot less work later and while you are out in the garden you may also come up with one or two new ideas as to how to enhance it’s overall appeal.
But, regardless of how splendid a spring garden may be it’s charm can soon be lost if the lawns aren’t in sinc.