Now the harsh weather is hopefully behind us it is time to start planning our spring gardens. 4S Lawn Care have put together some useful tips;
Sow a new lawn or patch damaged areas from April onwards, dryer lawns are better for this.
Apply weed killer to established lawns according to the manufacturer instructions – aim to use products that are plant and animal friendly.
Rake established lawns to remove old plant debris – raking the lawn at this time of year not only removes last years left over leaves at the end of the winter but also helps to remove thatch which is debris that builds up on the surface.
Thatch chokes the roots of your lawn from breathing and restricts water and nutrient absorption by the roots, resulting in a more unhealthy lawn.
Keep on top of your composting – during the growing season, you will need to keep topping up with well-rotted compost.
Fruit and Veg
Prepare seedbeds – if you have beds that you are going to plant spring vegetables such as cauliflower, leeks, potatoes and carrots, raking the soil to a fine tilth is important so that air and water can permeate easily through it.
Carrots especially need a fine soil to a depth of around 6-9 inches to keep them growing straight and not bending away from stones that they encounter underground.
Pull soil up over developing potato shoots – Once potatoes are established remember to ‘earth up’ at least three times at 2 – 3 week intervals during April/May. This involves pulling the earth up over the bottom stems of the plants, which encourages potatoes to grow farther up the plant, producing a greater yield.
Strawberries can be planted out or uncovered – keep a piece of fleece on hand in case a frost is forecast.