157: A few things to do in the garden before spring arrives

157: A few things to do in the garden before spring arrives

On the odd day we will see sun and dry weather!

These days may come along when you least expecting them.

After all, we don't check the weather forecast everyday do we!

But when these days come along it's a really good opportunity to do some key tasks around the garden.

  1. Mow the lawn, well you might be able to and all it's going to need is a very light trim, just tidy it up a bit. It will also give you a chance to see if the mower is working, does it need a service or will you be needing to buy a new one.
  2. Take the chance to clear all the fallen leaves off the lawn, patio's and garden beds. As the sun will dry things quickly you should find the job relatively pleasant. Add the leaf fall to a compost heap, and if you haven't got one of those now is a good time to start thinking about making one.
  3. Give all your hand tools a good clean, we can honestly say that this is a time of year when we take pleasure in getting all the hand tool in there best condition ready for the year ahead.
  4. Mulch the beds, if you've cleaned down the beds and you find that things are perfectly dry mulching the best now can be a great job. Grabbing the odd bag of compost from a garden centre trip will get you started but if you really want to get the job done well then go online and find your local landscaping materials yard who can deliver you a large dumpy sack. Once you have it delivered don't waste any time getting it onto the beds, if you leave it and it gets wet with rain it can be an absolute task. So plan to do it when it arrives.
  5. Clean the patios with a pressure washer. This is a time of year when you will have time to do this, and you'll almost certainly notice the impact you'll have from doing the job later in the year. Over winter sitting water and north facing areas of the garden that have a patio will try green with algae. Pressure cleaning is a very satisfying job to do.

There is more that could be done, but for today those 5 things should keep you busy.

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