Give your garden a spring cleaning
Our gardening guru friends from www.potterandrest.co.uk have kindly given us some handy hints on what to be getting on with in the garden at the moment. So enjoy the milder weather and spend some time outdoors doing a bit of pottering.
Starting in the greenhouse, conservatory or potting shed, it’s essential that you give the glass a good clean with something like Jeyes fluid or a good detergent or soap.
This will kill off algae, fungal spores and some overwintering pests. It will mean lots more light will get to your plants enabling them to grow faster and sturdier.
Check over all tools, sharpen your cutting tools, including your lawnmower blade so that you’re ready for action once the weather improves. But of course take great care with sharp items.
Algae, moss and weeds will also have grown on your paths, steps and patio. You can use a narrow wire brush to get the detritus out from the cracks in the paving, use a weedkiller where you can’t get access to their roots and a path and patio cleaner on all the stone areas to clean and restore the colour.
Decking will also need a vigorous sweep and treatment with an algicide as when wet these areas can be very slippery.
In the garden it is a good time to get your spring pruning done. So prune roses before they start back into growth.
Newly planted roses should be pruned hard but established bushes only need a light prune, unless they are a weak growing variety, then its best to always prune hard to promote some strong re-growth.
Feed with a good rose feed once pruning is complete.