10 Ways to Spring Clean your Garden

Now that Spring has sprung and the evenings are getting longer, it is the perfect time to give your garden a ‘Spring Clean’ in preparation for the growing season. We’ve compiled a list 10 jobs that will have you more than prepared for the busy months ahead.

1. Remove moss from your patios and pathways

A build up of moss and algae on hard surfaces in your garden can cause them to become slippery. When it comes to removing moss and algae, it is a good idea to look for a chemical free moss remover in order to keep children and animals safe.

2. Clean out your gutters

Over time, your gutters will fill up with leaves and other debris. It is important to clean them out twice a year to keep them working properly. You can get rid of large debris using your hands but make sure to wear gloves and safety goggles when doing so.

Leaves and debris can build up in your gutter over time. Image source: Flickr
Leaves and debris can build up in your gutter over time. Image source: Flickr

3. Get your pots ready

Clean and disinfect your pots using a light dilution of Jeyes Fluid and refill with fresh compost.

4. Look after your roses

Now is the time to start feeding your roses – feed once a month with a good granular feed until July. You can also start spraying your roses with Rose Clear every 2 weeks to help control and eliminate pests and diseases such as blackspot.

Rose Clear will protect your plants from pests and diseases
Rose Clear will protect your plants from pests and diseases

5. Prepare your perennial plants

Now is the time to cut away dead growth to allow for the new growing season. Lots of pruning, cutting and deadheading should be done at this time of year.

6. Protect new growth

We can still experience some frosty weather in March so it is important to protect new growth with horticultural fleece.

7. Get your tools in order

Take your tools out of shed and clean them. Make sure are in good order and ready for use.  Some of your hand tools might need attention, they could be rusty, or have a weak handle that needs replacing, or they might need to be sharpened.  Now is also the perfect time to get your lawnmower serviced. Fergal, our Horticulturist claims that this is one of the biggest issues he sees with customers every year – power tools that have been in storage all winter have seized up and need a service.

Take your tools out of the shed and make sure they are in good shape, ready for use. Image source: Flickr
Take your tools out of the shed and make sure they are in good shape, ready for use. Image source: Flickr

8. Start planning you garden

Think about what beds you’re doing and what plants you will need. Make a list so you don’t forget anything!

9. Germinate your seeds

Get your seeds germinated and started, ready for the season. Give germinating seeds loads of air by opening windows or vents and don’t forget to water them using a spray bottle – this will help prevent over watering your seeds.

10. Clean out your greenhouse and polytunnel

Give your greenhouse, polytunnel and any other frames a good scrub down so they are ready for the season. On warm or sunny days, ventilate your greenhouse to prevent any fungal problems.

Ventilating your greenhouse on sunny days will prevent fungal problems.
Ventilating your greenhouse on sunny days will prevent fungal problems.