If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, the chances are the winter has taken its toll on its appearance. But never fear: March represents an excellent opportunity to get your garden back in shape before the summer starts.
Sweep paths and surfaces
Really, you should be doing this regularly anyway. However, if you’ve neglected the superficial aspects of your garden over the winter, this is an excellent way to kick-start proceedings.
This is another area of garden maintenance that can get away from you all too easily. The longer it’s left, the harder it gets. Could this be the year you invest in a proper set of hedge trimmers? Buying guides are easily accessible, with a number of manufacturers providing useful information online.
Mulch ado about nothing
Using organic mulch is not only a good way of sprucing up your garden; it can also save weeding, improve the soil and make up for nutrients lost in the rainy season.
Clean and mend
If you’re planning to spend the summer eating outside, then it’s sensible to check the state of your garden furniture. If it’s been left exposed to the elements, some of it may need to be re-oiled, repainted or even replaced. While you’re at it, why not wash that greenhouse glass too?
The best time to plant summer salad vegetables is about now, at the start of spring. If you fancy a salad of fresh garden-grown vegetables, it’s time to get going! Take your pick from tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, basil, rocket and parsley.
It may well be the last thing on your list, but removing the leaves and debris that have accumulated over the winter can be extremely therapeutic. Like a number of the tasks outlined above, it’s a chance to squeeze in a little exercise too.
With these tips in mind, it won’t be long before your garden is back to looking its glorious, elegant best. Then you can sit back and take in the beauty. Just remember to keep on top of the maintenance.
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