Tips for a Blooming Spring Garden
- September 2015 -
A little Spring preparation goes a long way.
The better prepared your garden is for Spring, the better the rewards. Daltons top tasks will help get your garden ready:
- Reflect on the overall landscape of your garden
Think about the winter conditions which may have caused problems, such as cold south westerly winds or especially damp or boggy parts of your garden or lawn. Tackle these problems now; for example, install additional drainage to ensure that the garden does not become boggy next winter, or plant shelter shrubs or small trees on your south western boundary to help filter out those cold damaging winter winds.
- Remove and recondition
Remove dead or old winter plants and weeds from your garden beds and recondition the soil by applying a generous layer of organic matter, such as Daltons Compost - work it into the existing soil. This will give your seeds and seedlings the best start.
- Start sowing
Start sowing your favourite spring and summer crops in seed trays indoors, ready for planting out later. Leave sowing seeds directly into the garden until temperatures reach around 16 degrees, then sow tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, sweet corn, peppers, courgettes, beans etc.
Always choose a fertiliser best suited to the group of plants in your garden e.g. roses need fertilisers higher in pot ash like Daltons Premium Rose and Flower Fertiliser to encourage strong flowering and intensity of flower colour, rather than masses of vegetative growth. Also feed trees, fruit trees, shrubs as well as your new vegetables and annuals.
- Replace soil in containers
For plants growing in containers, replace old soil with fresh Daltons Premium Tub Mix and apply side dressings of fertiliser throughout the growing period.
- Renew your herbs
Herbs prefer free-draining, hot, sunny positions and popular summer varieties to grow are basil, sage, marjoram, parsley, thyme, coriander and rosemary. Herbs are inexpensive to buy so start afresh in October/November and plant directly into containers with fresh container mix, or out in the garden. Grow them close to the kitchen so you are more inclined to use them.
- Care for your lawn
For lawn care, check for problem areas in your lawn eg: areas too wet, an infestation of weeds or brown patches. As soil temperatures increase you can patch small problem areas with the all in one Daltons Premium Lawn Patching Gold. In larger areas, lay top soil to a depth of 5-8cm before sowing fresh grass seed. Where lawns are in reasonable condition, apply Daltons Premium Lawn Fertiliser every 4-5 weeks through until mid December to ensure strong grass growth and therefore an attractive, durable lawn for Summer.
Use Spring to make your home garden more hospitable and therefore more successful for the season to come.