Getting the garden ready for Summer

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, March 17

Getting the garden ready for Summer

The Daffodils and Narcissi are beginning to die down and as the soil is warming up, other plants are beginning to peep through. Now is the time to add a general purpose fertiliser to borders, containers and vegetable patches.

If you have a lawn, show it a little TLC. Remove weeds and moss, resow bare patches and feed. Start to trim the lawn and clip edges for a neat finish... 

Gardens benefit from a spring clean as much as your home, so now is the time to ensure that everything is in tip top condition for the summer.

Re-pot container plants continue to protect young growth from frost and remove plants that didn't survive winter - weeding is essential now to stop them taking control of the garden and when your borders are cleared of weeds dig over the soil and mulch.

Treat sheds, fences and garden furniture with wood preservative. Remove slugs and snails when you find them and mark out new beds and borders.

Don't forget the minor details...

Small touches in the garden can have major impact! Decorative stones, pebbles and cobbles can provide an eye catching way to complement your garden when integrated with existing planting. 

Containers can be dressed with Nordic Spar or, if you have large planters, try pebbles or cobbles. Rockery stones can be used to provide interest to garden beds, surround a garden pond or edge paths. Banded cobbles or slate will add focal interest to any garden!


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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