02 Mar Preparing your garden for the spring
It’s no secret that Warfield Park is not only one of the most prestigious Park Home addresses in the UK, but also it’s one of the most beautiful. That is largely down to the stunning private gardens our residents spend hours looking after. In such a green space it is important to keep it under control as best we can.
Our team of gardeners and groundskeepers work all year round to make sure that the communal areas of Warfield Park are looking tip top, but our residents take great pride in helping the park stay beautiful.
So we thought we’d have a little look at some of the Royal Horticultural Society’s tips on what jobs you need to do in the months leading up to Spring.
Spring is in Sight
In between named storms, hurricanes and the odd snow flurry, February has shown signs that spring is approaching. You will have seen bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as the days get a little longer and the temperatures start to warm. As the garden comes to life again, it’s time to prune shrubs and climbers, and evergreen hedges.
If you are a veggie grower, now is the time to prepare beds and sow under cover; if you have fruit bushes you should cover them with a net to protect them from the birds.
If you’re looking to do some work to your lawn, it’s probably a little wet at the moment for that, but this could be a good opportunity to prepare seedbeds for new lawns to be seeded closer to spring – this should only be done if the ground is not too wet.
Once Spring has Sprung
Spring usually arrives by mid-March and hopefully frequent sunny days will provide an opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It’s at this point that you want to be preparing seed beds, sowing seeds, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.
For veggie growers, you’ll want to take action against the scourge of the slug and put in some protection for your new shoots. This is also a good time to plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes. The warming of the weather also gives you the opportunity to plant some summer-flowering bulbs ready for the heat of June-August.
March will probably bring you the first lawn mow of the season. Make sure you set your mower to its highest setting and perform a light mow on established areas of lawn. If you are growing a lawn from seed you will need to prepare the ground for sowing by cultivating, levelling and then firming the soil; doing this now will allow the soil to settle prior to sowing later in the month, or in April.
In late March apply a high nitrogen spring/summer lawn fertiliser to encourage good, strong growth to help the lawn recover after the winter.
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