Spring Gardening Tips
Treat Your Garden To A Spring Clean

It happens every year... one minute it's wall to wall darkness, cold and general gloom, the next we have the first real spring day.

This is usually the time when we look at our gardens with renewed interest and, if you're anything like me, with a sense of anticipation of the year ahead tempered by a certain degree of alarm at the post-winter state of the garden.

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year in the garden as plant (and weed) growth accelerates. There are so many things that seem to need doing all at once that it can be hard to know where to start.

Rather than feeling totally overwhelmed, try using the following spring gardening tips to get your garden back into shape so that you can enjoy it to the full.

Giving your garden a spring clean will literally transform it and will make you feel good (and in control!) into the bargain.

Spring Gardening Tips: Revitalise Paths, Patios, Decks and Driveways

Paths, patios and driveways can look rather depressing after the ravages of winter but a little TLC will soon have them looking spick and span.

  • Sweep up any remaining dead leaves and remove any litter that may have blown in from the street.
  • Tackle weeds that have taken root in cracks and crevices.
  • Use a power washer to remove green film from flags and pavers and get them looking as good as new. If you don't have a power washer use an ordinary hose pipe and a stiff brush.
  • Rake over gravelled areas and pick up any bits of gravel that have found their way on to lawns and borders.
  • Check over your decking to make sure that it has come throught the winter unscathed. Sweep up any debris and use soapy water and a brush to remove any algae.
  • Clean patio furniture ready for the new season.
  • Check over and clean barbeques and grills so they are ready for use.

Spring Gardening Tips: Sort Out Your Garden Shed

Give your garden shed a clear out and resolve to turn over a new leaf this year and keep it tidy and organised!

  • Throw out any rubbish and dispose of old chemicals in accordance with the instructions.
  • Check that your tools are clean and in good order and that secateurs, shears, pruning knives and saws are sharp.
  • If, like me, you are inclined to be disorganised, invest in some hooks and racks to store tools safely.
  • Have your lawn mower serviced and the blades sharpened.

Spring Gardening Tips: Clean Greenhouses and Cold Frames

Whether you have been using your greenhouse to overwinter plants or simply abandoned it at the end of last season, take this opportunity to give it a good clean.

  • Clean panes of glass in greenhouses and cold frames to remove the winter grime and allow as much sunlight as possible to penetrate. Either use soapy water or a proprietary glass cleaner.
  • Give your greenhouse a good tidy and a thorough clean to avoid the spread of pests and diseases.
  • If the soil in the greenhouse borders needs replacing, do it now before the season gets underway.

Spring Gardening Tips: Check Fences, Trellises and Pergolas

Fences, trellises and pergolas spend much of the year hidden behind climbing plants and other foliage so inspect them before the growing season starts up again.

  • Check that they are in good order and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
  • If they need repainting or staining, now is the time to do it before your climbers start to grow.

Need More Information?

There are more spring tips at Spring Gardening Tips: Spruce Up Your Lawns and Borders.