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Spring Gardening Tips

Prepare Soil: Start by preparing your soil for planting. Remove any weeds, aerate the soil, and add organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure to improve its structure and fertility.

Prune: Prune back any dead or damaged branches from trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. This will encourage healthy growth and improve the overall appearance of your garden.

Divide Perennials: If you have perennials that have become overcrowded, now is a good time to divide them. This will help rejuvenate the plants and promote better flowering.

Sow Seeds: Begin sowing seeds of hardy annuals, vegetables, and herbs directly into the ground or in seed trays indoors. Make sure to follow the instructions on the seed packets for the best results.

Protect New Growth: Keep an eye on newly emerging shoots and tender plants, as they may be vulnerable to late frosts. Cover them with fleece or cloches overnight to provide protection.

Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches like bark chips or compost work well for this purpose.

Feed Plants: Start feeding your plants with a balanced fertilizer to provide them with essential nutrients for healthy growth. Choose a slow-release or organic fertilizer for sustainable results.

Control Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for early signs of pests and diseases, such as aphids or fungal infections. Use appropriate control measures, such as hand-picking, biological controls, or organic sprays.

Plan and Plant: Take some time to plan your garden layout and choose which plants you want to grow this season. Consider factors like sunlight, soil type, and mature size when selecting plants for your garden.

Water Wisely: As the weather starts to warm up, it’s essential to water your plants regularly, especially newly planted ones. Water deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

By following these tips, you can help your garden thrive during this time of the year in the UK, setting the stage for a beautiful and productive growing season ahead