Spring into ac­tion now for a glo­ri­ous sum­mer dis­play

Ayrshire Post - - Gardens Spring -

De­spite the harsh weather and snow storms, now is the best time to pre­pare your gar­den for spring and sum­mer.

Here are some tips to help you get ready.

Clean up

You should start by clear­ing all of your gar­den beds and lawn of bro­ken branches, leaves and other de­bris that have col­lected dur­ing the win­ter months.

It is im­por­tant to start these chores quickly as your spring bulbs and plants should be pop­ping out of the ground soon and the sooner you clean out the beds, the less chance you have of step­ping on the grow­ing plants and dam­ag­ing them.

The same clean- up method ap­plies for your trees and bushes. Be sure to trim off any bro­ken or dead branches.

Clean your tools

Clean off the tools with soap and wa­ter and use min­eral spir­its on wood han­dles.

The min­eral spir­its will help pre­vent the wood from splin­ter­ing.

Give your soil some TLC

Make sure your soil is ready for plant­ing.

You will want to add com­post or ma­nure a cou­ple of weeks be­fore plant­ing some­thing so it has time to mix well with your soil and will not burn the roots of your new plants.

Make a plan

Head to your lo­cal nurs­ery to get plant­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from lo­cal ex­perts.

It is also good to plant ac­cord­ing to height, mak­ing sure that taller plants do not block the sun from shorter ones.

Don’t for­get to main­tain it

Up­keep dur­ing the whole sea­son is key. Dead­head­ing is when you cut off the droop­ing or fad­ing flow­ers from the rest of the green, healthy stem.

So start pre­par­ing for a bloom­ing great sum­mer now.

Be pre­pared Now is the time to start plan­ning your sum­mer gar­den

Sum­mer plan­ning Now is the time to take your gar­den in hand to get ready for the sum­mer months

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