Get Ready For The Beginning of Spring With Our Garden Jobs
It finally feels like spring, with the meteorological start of the season being March 1st, and we are very excited. Although it doesn’t mean we are clear of any potential frosts, it is the time of year for new beginnings and lighter evenings. It’s also the perfect time to get back into the garden, for perhaps the first time this year, and start planting!
1. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
By dividing your perennials regularly, you are not only ensuring they stay healthy and grow back year after year, but you are also giving them the chance to multiply. If you’re moving your perennials just for health this doesn’t need to be an annual job, instead, it can be done every 2-3 years. However, if you are dividing them in order to increase the number of plants you have, you can do this more frequently, even every year if you wish.
2. Plant new roses
Last month we mentioned that pruning your roses needs to be done annually during either the autumn or before spring, to maximise the plants potential. If you don’t have roses in your garden already or perhaps just want to grow some new ones, March is a fantastic time to plant them. If you’re not sure where to start or want some rose inspiration, shop our selection of roses here.
3. Prepare to create your seasonal bedding displays
Creating seasonal bedding displays in your garden is one of the most exciting tasks of the year! We do understand that it can be a challenge to pick your favourites or even know where to start. For some help check out our bedding plants where we have a breadth of options to help get you started this year.
4. Check new spring shoots for aphids, other infestations, and slugs
This is a continual job that needs doing frequently to ensure the health of your plants, as it is crucial you spot an aphid or slug early on to avoid the spread onto other healthy plants. It is of particular importance at the beginning of spring as new shoots are particularly tender and vulnerable, and leaves haven’t opened to make a full canopy, so make sure to keep a close eye on them to ensure they continue to grow healthily. We’ve found that a warm bucket of soapy water is very good for killing and removing aphids from your plants.
5. Weed and tidy up bedding areas
As you are going to be planting in your bedding areas in the near future, make sure they are in perfect shape by ensuring no weeds are growing and that your soil is healthy. You can add nutrients to your soil by spreading some general fertiliser, or homemade compost, over the area.
6. Put your grand garden plans into action
It’s time to put the plans for spring and summer you were thinking about all winter into action. Work out how you are going to achieve these goals in your time frames this month and get started! To save time ordering plug plants is an efficient way to get your bedding plans into action.
7. Invest in ways to attract wildlife
Attracting wildlife to your garden is a key way to promote biodiversity, as well as providing you with a natural form of pest control. Ways you can do this are: provide birds fresh water and food, plant flowers that attract wildlife or are ‘RHS Perfect for Pollinators’, or hang a bee nesting box somewhere in your garden.
8. Keep an eye on the weather
Although we have already seen a few sunny days and we are all excited for the warm weather, hold off on removing any insulation or protection that is surrounding your plants as we could still see frosts through to May. So, don’t be caught out by the sunny days at the beginning of spring and allow your plants to be at risk during nighttime frosts and low temperatures.
9. Put down non-chemical slug pellets that contain ferric phosphate
By putting down slug pellets now, you are giving them time to break down and be a very good fertiliser! It is important to ensure that your pellets include ferric phosphate and not mataldehyde or methiocarb, as ferric phosphate is harmless to animals, birds, other pollinators. Put down your pellets around Hostas and leafy veg, later on, you can also put them down around Marigolds, Petunias, Impatiens, and other juicy bedding plants! We use these on our crop of 30,000 Hostas and find it incredibly effective.