Now then, you may not know this, but Team Distrikt loves nothing more than getting our hands dirty with a bit of cost saving DIY or gardening. As well as helping people buy and sell in Tyne and Wear, we like to think we know a thing or two about bringing a property to life and one way of doing this is getting your back garden out of the winter dark ages and into the light of spring.
So, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown – heralded as England’s greatest ever gardener – and in honour of VisitEngland’s ‘Year of the English Garden’, we’ll be giving your some crack gardening inside info to get the most out of your green spaces this year. And don’t worry small brick clad back yarders, we’ll have lots of cool stuff for you to try too.
Gardening, of course, is one of the great British past times and our famous gardens in England are one of our biggest tourist pulls. In fact, one in five of all English residents visited a garden on their last UK based holiday adding further proof that we’re daft about pretty flowers and hedgerows.
Let’s get down to business.
Here are Distrikt’s Top 5 Spring Gardening Tips…
You may have noticed that the sun is shining on us in Tyne & Wear after a dark and cold winter, and the birds are starting to sing in anticipation of the warmer days to come.
But one thing we do know, your garden needs some much-needed TLC in March to get it back into shape after all of that rain, sleet and ice. So, get down to B & Q for some supplies and grab those tools from the shed as it’s garden time people!
Step One: The Grand Clear Out
Spring is the season to clean up your garden space and get rid of all those debris (leaves are the biggest culprit!). Remove those weeds and make sure that you get them at the root so that they won’t come back.
Step Two: Revitalise your soil
Your soil has a bad time of it over the winter and will probably be dried out and tightly packed. You need to give it some much-needed moisture and nourishment with some manure or compost. Remember, you may also need to add some fertilizer into the mix to drive healthy soil and give your plants the platform they need to flourish and grow.
Step three: Trim those old plants
Those embattled plants that have survived the onslaught of the winter time now need to be pruned so that they start afresh in the spring. It’s probably best to wait until April to do this in case the frost comes back for a spell. This is Britain after all! A top tip to remember. All blooming flowers and plants need to be pruned right after they bloom, and you should prune summer plants in the early stages of spring.
Step Four: Don’t forget to Mulch!
Fertilizers are a great addition to your garden and flower beds, but people often forget about adding mulch. By adding just three inches of mulch, you will significantly reduce the presence of diseases and weeds. Mulch is also great to keep your garden moist and maintains a steady temperature. But remember, keep the mulch a few inches away from those plant stems to so that they won’t rot.
Step Five: It’s time to plant new shrubs and flowers
Woo hoo, the fun part! Once you’ve managed to get your garden in tip-top shape and got on top of those old plants and weeds, it’s time to bring in the new.
If you’d like to fill your garden with colour tulips, daffodils, crocus, fritillarias and grape hyacinths are a must!
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