Seasonal gardening tips
Help your garden grow through every season.
From glorious sunshine to winter snaps – your garden goes through it all. So we’ve pulled together some great advice to help you stay on top of the checklist, and keep your garden blooming.
Your gardening calendar
With lighter days and spring flowers starting to pop, we can’t help but be inspired to get out into our own garden. But what jobs need to be tackled first?
Spring garden guides
No matter the size of your outdoor space – let’s make it colourful, decorative and full of gorgeous greens, with our top summer jobs.
Summer garden guides
Before bad weather hits, it’s a good idea to clean and clear away your garden items. Here are some helpful hints for the autumn tidy.
Autumn garden guides
Make the most of any dry days by wrapping up warm and popping outside to check on your garden. Start with these quick jobs to help protect your plants, lawn and furniture.
Winter garden guides
Let's dig a little deeper...
By doing a little prep work, you can really encourage your buds to blossom. Here are our green-fingered tips to get you started:
- Pick the perfect spot – with lots of sun, wind cover and somewhere where you won’t forget about them!
- Enhance your soil – fertile soil is best, so add organic matter (compost, decaying leaves etc.) to boost its nutrients.
- Get digging – turn up the top 8-12 inches of soil with a fork, this will help roots penetrate their way through.
- Watering – water seedlings daily. If soil is dry to touch, water early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.
- Use mulch – a layer of mulch will keep weeds out and moisture in, protects your plants and gives them a shot of goodness.
- Pruning – keep on top of your weeds and clear away any dead buds – this will encourage healthier growth.
Lawn care tips
Gardening for beginners
Know your plants
Annuals – these bloom for most of the summer but need to be replanted each spring.
Perennials – these have a shorter bloom time but will return every year.
Decide what kind of garden
Herb? Vegetable? Flower or a combination? Consider what space you have, what you like and if you want to grow your own food?
Pick your spot
Flowers need 6-8 hours of sunlight. Find a spot that’s great for them to sunbathe.
You can overwater. Simply check the soil, if it’s dry to touch, water it. In the summer, you’ll need to water them more.
What do you need?
Your tool shed will expand as you start to dig into your garden’s potential. But we’ve pulled together the key equipment to tackle most tasks:
Spade – to break ground and turn over soil.
Hand trowel – for planting.
Garden fork – for breaking up or aerating soil.
Secateurs – for pruning plants and bushes.
Loppers – for bigger branches.
Hoe – for seeding and weeding.
Rake – for tidying garden debris.
Wheelbarrow – for carrying heavy loads.
Lawnmower – to freshen up your lawn.