Dobbies resident expert gardener, Louise Golden, shares her hints and tips to make the most of your garden this season.
Ready set weed
Watch out for weeds that will be appearing when the warmer weather hits. The quickest and easiest way to control them is to hoe them off before they get chance to get established, applying a thick layer of mulch over the soil surface to help keep any further weeds at bay. Mulching with organic matter, such as garden compost, also locks in moisture and over time helps to improve the soil, whilst also giving plants a well-needed boost.
Love your lawn
As the weather gets warmer in spring, it is the perfect time to get the lawnmower out and cut your grass, giving it a much needed tidy and the first cut of the year. Cut grass with the lawn mower blades set high for the first few times, then use a good lawn feed and weed killer to help your lawn look its best. Tidy lawn edges using a half-moon edging iron, or alternatively a sharp spade. Rake lawns to remove any debris that has built up over winter months first, starving the lawn of light and air. If you are laying new turf, be sure to leave it undisturbed for a few weeks to allow time for new roots to establish.
Wake up tired winter containersSpring is the time to refresh your tubs and baskets, pulling up any tired winter bedding plants that have come to an end, replacing with a cheerful display of colourful spring bedding plants such as Pansies and Violas
Prepping for spring 2020
Deadhead clumps of daffodils and tulips, so that energy is concentrated back into the bulb for next spring and leave the foliage in place to die back naturally.
Once the risk of frost has passed, plant Strawberries ready for a summer bounty. A Strawberry Planter makes a great feature on the terrace, planted with a selection of tasty varieties for an extended season of picking.
As soon as the cold snap comes to an end, it will be the ideal time to plant your favourite culinary herbs, such as rosemary, mint and parsley, ready for a plentiful supply for summer salads and alfresco BBQs. If you are short on space, grow in containers on your patio for quick picking from the backdoor. Once any risk of frost has passed, grow pots of sweet basil for Italian recipes and home-made pesto – a delicious addition to any family barbecue!
Welcome the return of wildlife
There is nothing that says spring quite like the singing of birds and the buzz of the bees that truly make it feel as though our gardens have woken up after a quiet cold winter. As a vital part of our eco-system, do your bit to encourage bees by choosing plants that provide pollen and nectar for as long as possible. A bird house or feeder is also a great way to get children interested in the garden, as they will love keeping a watchful eye on feathered friends that come to visit or helping to make some homemade bird food. Keep bird feeders topped up with clean fresh water and make sure they can’t be reached by any family or neighbouring felines.