The Best Is Yet To Come

With colour in the garden from daffodils and tulips, herbaceous perennials are beginning to emerge from their winter slumber.

Lawns are growing creating a lush canvas for flowers and new leaf growth; it is also a good time to lay new turf or repair damaged grass or bare patches. Make sure soil is well prepared and keep moist.

Remember the following:-

  • There are chemical treatments for moss, but for me it’s a traditional rake to remove any excess. Power scarifiers are also available and help to remove grass thatch (congested roots from living and dead grass).
  • Aeration or spiking grass using a traditional fork or simply walking using aeration sandals allows air, nutrients and water to penetrate grass roots. There are also power aerators, or hollow tines that remove a core of soil for more drainage.
  • A crisp lawn edging using a half moon tool or adding an edge to control your new green carpet will set your borders off ready to ‘sing’
  • Remember to cut grass higher until the end of April
  • Another great tip is to mow in different directions to stop wash-boarding. It also helps grass stand up straight and look better

Now with the border detail:-

  • Check tree stakes and remove once the tree is stable. 6-24 months is the usual period for staking.
  • Weed borders.
  • Sow annuals and protect from frost-also make sure seeds get enough light. Annuals are a great way to fill border until smaller plants mature
  • Purchase bedding plants if you have a safe/frost free storage.
  • Tie in roses, especially rambling ones.
  • Deadhead bulbs for strong flowers the following year.

April showers leave your lawn green and borders flourish. One is organised ready for the joy May can bring.

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