Making the Most of Spring in your Garden

Making the Most of Spring in your Garden

It’s been a tough old winter for our gardens, but with the days growing longer, the sun shining that little bit brighter and temperatures on the up, there are signs that we’re in for an incredible spring and summer 2018.

At Bespoke, we’ve always believed that our gardens are an extension of our homes and, as such, believe that keeping them in stunning condition not only improves aesthetics but opens up the outdoors as a further venue for living.

In the past, we’ve covered the knack behind beautiful landscaping, but for those with existing gardens, how do you make the most of what you’ve got? Here are our top tips:

Feed your Garden

Winter wreaks havoc on the health of your plants, barraging them with icy winds, rain and endless hours plunged into darkness. Needless to say, if plants could talk, they’d ask if you had any food on you.

That’s why we recommend taking the time to feed beds and borders with good, general fertiliser like those made from blood, bone or fish. It’s simple to do, just sprinkle it by hand all over the soil, making sure that you apply it underneath shrubs and around the base of your plants.

Compliment your plant care with a good quality grass feed and you’ll be amazed by how quickly your greenery and plants perk up. It’ll result in more trimming required, but it’ll revitalise the plant life in your garden for the rest of the year.

Prepare your Veg Patch

Gardens can be more than beautiful places to spend your time, they can help sustain you and your family throughout the year. Most vegetables don’t handle the winter months well, which makes sowing in spring the smart choice.

Hoe off any weeds which might have taken hold in your patch and turn the soil, adding fertiliser before raking finely and sowing your plants.

During April and May, you can get carrots, spring onions, spinach, rocket, lettuce, leeks, beetroot, parsley and more on the go, ready for enjoying throughout the year. All you need to do is ensure that you leave plenty of space between each plant and protect them from slugs.

Trim Grass Regularly

We love grass because it takes so little maintenance but, left to its own devices, it quickly becomes unmanageable and, frankly, unhealthy. The good news is that keeping it looking great is pretty simple.

Alongside the lawn feed programme that we laid out above, you need to ensure that you rake off any dead leaves that may have accumulated over winter, re-sow any patches of grass which might have died and regularly trim your grass to a general height of 2.5cm – 4cm.

Doing this in spring will ensure that your grass has plenty of light and time to grow thick, luscious and strong for the inevitable usage that it’ll see in the coming months. It’s also a smart idea to have your lawnmower sent in for maintenance to ensure that the blades are sharp and the motor is spinning cleanly, as blunt blades can bruise grass and lead to ugly lawns.