Taking good care of your garden in spring, increases your chances of enjoying a lovely piece of green in summer. What should you do now? We asked the specialists of Green Masters. Based on their more than 10 years of experience in green space maintenance, they offer the following tips.
1. Clean up your garden at the beginning of spring
The first tip is probably the least fun: tidy up. But you’ll see: on these first sunny days of spring, you’ll feel like it too. Remove all old plant debris, dead buds, fallen leaves and branches. Take the opportunity to give your terrace and garden furniture a good clean. Maybe your garden house or fence needs a makeover or maintenance. It all takes energy and time, but it is definitely worth it!
With the arrival of spring, the plants in your garden start to grow vigorously. Also the weeds. It is best to tackle them thoroughly at the start of spring. Remove the weeds at their roots. This has the advantage that it is easier to keep up later.
3. Take care of your lawn
What could be more fun than stepping barefoot into fresh green grass on a hot summer day? If that is what you dream of, you should start working on your lawn now. The beginning of spring is a good time to scarify your lawn. This will remove moss and weeds and give the grass more air and light. After the first mowing (not too short!) it is a good idea to sow and fertilise where necessary. It is best to do this before a rainstorm so that the fertiliser can be absorbed into the soil.
4. Fertilising keeps your plants healthy
After the winter, plants need extra nutrition. Fertilising is the ideal remedy. Your plants will be more resistant to moulds and diseases. You can use organic material or fertiliser. If you choose the latter option, be sure to read the instructions for use. After all, too much fertiliser can do your plants more harm than good.
5. Pruning in spring? Absolutely
Pruning your plants just after the winter, it may sound contradictory. Yet nothing is less true. By pruning your hedges, bushes and trees now, you stimulate their growth. So you get more greenery later.
6. Sowing and planting
The daffodils, crocuses, tulips and pansies are already in full bloom or will be soon. From April you can start with your summer flowers, such as dahlias and gladioli. In the vegetable garden it is best to wait until after the last frost to sow and plant. Once spring has warmed up, you can start preparing your garden for a tasty summer. What could be more delicious on a hot summer day than a fresh salad with home-grown vegetables?
You see, there is a lot to do in the garden in spring. The efforts you put into your garden in early spring will pay off in the summer months. Whether it’s a fresh green lawn, tasty vegetables or multicolored flowers, you’ll be rewarded anyway.
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