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Winter has gone (hopefully), so now it’s time, not only to get your garden in shape for spring but for summer too.

If winter weather has been harsh on your garden, then there might be damage to your shrubs or trees. Make sure you clean up by pruning your branches as the winter could have damaged them. You’ll need to spend time cutting back dead leaves and branches so that new growth can take place. Look around your garden for any damage, and be careful and keep an eye out for Leylandii conifers which can often be common casualties in storms as they are tall and leafy and catch the wind. If you do have tall conifers, it might be an idea to take the tops out once the weather improves.

There are also likely be leaves, pine cones, fallen tree branches, and dog waste that may have ended up on your garden after the winter and not tending to it as much so you’ll have to do a fair bit of clearing up. Just use a leaf rake to remove dead leaves and other things to allow the lawn to recover from the winter.

Once you’re all cleaned up, you can start preparing for spring and summer, get spring fertilizing to get your garden in tip-top shape for the summer as it will be here before you know it.

You can start sewing the seeds of plants which need a longer growing season, such as geraniums (pelargoniums), begonias, antirrhinums, peppers and aubergines and now is the time to be ordering summer-flowering bulbs and seeds ready for planting.

It’s also an excellent time to be hunting down and removing hibernating pests now as this will save you a lot of trouble in the coming months. Check for any slugs, snails and aphid colonies still sheltering and if you haven’t cleared last year’s pots of summer bedding then do so now, and check for white-vine-weevil larvae, which live in the compost and feed on plant roots. Destroy any larvae that you find and be prepared to treat for vine weevils this year, using parasitic nematodes or chemical drenches.

How’s your grass looking after the winter months. Has there been water damage? Have a look if it’s worth investing in a new lawn, it’s something to consider if you have children and pets and would like a low-maintenance garden. An artificial garden is also an excellent way to contribute to saving the environment too.
Once it’s looking clean and tidy, plants are planted, and seeds are sown, maybe you could have a look at some garden furniture or ornaments to brighten up your garden. There a plenty of things you can add to your garden, it could be a water feature, lights, statues or gnomes or you could even try a teepee or cozy garden den for somewhere else to relax and read your books during the summer months.

Prepping Your Garden For Summer
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