The shorter days are almost behind us and spring is in the air! The garden is bursting into life, it’s a time for new growth and fresh ideas, so we’ve asked our experts at Tong to share their hints and tips with you as your garden starts to grow!
Nourish your soil by adding new compost to your beds and borders to prepare your soil for the season ahead and help add much-needed nutrients back into the soil, so you're ready for planting.
Clean paths and patios so you remove moss and green algae that has built up over Winter with a product designed for outdoor use and for use around plants and lawns. A product such as Algon is perfect for the job.
Plant spring flowering plants such as primulas, aubretia, pansies, chaenomeles and hellebores as they will bring such a contrast of colour into the garden. Most are easy to grow, don't require a lot of attention and, once established, they will flower reliably year after year.
Joe, one of our plant experts, recommends Camellias -
“Camellias are very well known and will add a hint of elegance to your garden. They range in size, are suitable for most gardens and look fantastic when in bloom. They are acid lovers so if your soil isn’t suitable then you can grow them in containers.”
Feed your plants to give your plants the best start this season by applying a good feed now. Westland’s Fish, Blood and Bone is high in phosphorus, which makes it particularly good for stimulating strong, healthy root growth.
Now is the time to sowyour seedsindoors such as vegetables and summer bedding plants
It's worth using a mulch such as decorative bark or landscape fabric to help supress weeds, preventing them from taking hold once everything starts to grow. Most weeds are easier to control when they are young so remove any that start to show as it will save you a lot of time in the future.
Pest control is also key as the weather starts to get warmer as slugs favour soft new ground so keep your eye out. Where there’s new growth look out for aphids.
Now is an ideal time to plant herbaceous perennials, weather permitting. Lift and divide established perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden.
If the weather is mild then get ready to give your lawn its first mow, just make sure you pick a warm, dry day and ensure the blades are set higher than usual.
In the meantime just keep raking away any thatch and other debris – Phil, our garden care supervisor highly recommends ‘Lawn, Weed, Feed and Moss Killer’ as it's a quick and easy way to treat your lawn which will save you a lot of time.