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
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.
Make some mulch
As spring blooms come to an end and leaves start to fall – don’t miss out of all that compost goodness! Use your garden debris to create garden mulch which you can use to help protect your soil.
Freshen your lawn
Remove thatch (old grass clippings) and moss, using a spring tined rake and add it to the compost heap. Improve drainage and aeration by making holes with a garden fork, every 10cm across the area.
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.
Pick up your pruning
Deadhead autumn-flowering plants and prune summer-flowering shrubs before the first frosts. Gently brush any heavy snow from shrubs and trees, and check for any broken branches that may need removing.
Winter garden guides
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?
Start pruning and weeding
By cutting back, deadheading and removing damaged flowers, you’ll help your garden recover, encouraging more buds to blossom. Hoe weeds whilst they’re small and cover exposed soil with nutrient-filled mulch.
Plan your planting
Now’s the time to plan your summer garden. Look at your landscape and make pots, plots or flower beds. Next, research your favourite summer flowers and plant your bulbs, ready for them to bloom in a few months.
Make the most of spring showers by investing in a water butt. You can easily collect and recycle rain water, putting it to good use throughout the year – doing your bit to help the environment and your garden.
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.
Patch up your lawn
Gently rake to loosen the soil, and spike with a fork. Sprinkle in a garden fertiliser and a handful of fresh grass seed. Rake the seed in, keep it well watered and those patches will quickly disappear.
Water your plants
Check the soil, if it’s dry to touch, it needs watering. Whilst the weather is hot, opt for early morning or late in the evening to avoid evaporation. And don’t forget your lawn too!
How about a revamp?
Pretty planters, fresh furniture or accessories that’ll attract wildlife. No matter the size of your outdoor space, there’s lots you can do to bring a little home décor outside.
Summer 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.