Feed – it’s time to give a spring feed to encourage fresh growth. This will make your grass stronger, edge out the competition from weeds and moss and make your lawn less susceptible to disease.
Spring feeds are high in nitrogen and give your lawn an emerald glow. Apply feeds when the ground is moist or before rain is due.
If moss is a problem you can apply ■ It’s a good idea to get any supporting stakes or hoops in the ground now to allow foliage to grow up and blend them into the garden.
■ If the ground feels warm sulphate of iron. Don’t worry about the effect this has on the grass – it will recover.
There is also a good chemical-free alternative on the market which I promote called MossOff which is safe for use around children, pets and pond life.
Seed – spring is the best time to reseed your lawn. This could just be patches that need improvement or a complete renovation job. Cover with netting while grass germinates to keep the birds from tucking in.
enough, you could sow directly annual seeds such as nigella and larkspur.
■ ■ Prune hydrangeas removing old flower heads and cutting back to a healthy pair of buds.
■ Plant up hanging baskets with summer bedding but don’t put them outside yet.
Protect emerging delphiniums and hostas from slugs and snails. If you use slug pellets, right, consider ferric phosphate organic pellets that won’t harm other wildlife.