As winter comes to end, it's a great time to get out in your garden and plant your beds for spring. With the right planning and best tools for each job, you can sow the seeds for beautiful borders all through the year.
Spring borders are all about sprucing up your beds following the winter and watching them add life and colour to your garden for the rest of the year. Planting in early spring means that your borders should be in full bloom by the time the weather is warm again.
Before you can make your borders beautiful, you'll need to plan where you want to plant and get rid of any troublesome weeds. Tidy up any plants that survived the winter and choose an area for planting that enjoys regular sunshine. Garden forks are best for forcing out weeds from their roots and a specialist weedpuller can help make easy work of any that are particularly deep and tough to remove.
After a long winter, your soil is probably due a little love. Use a strong spade to turn over the soil and break up any compact areas that could harm growth. Loosening the soil helps to improve aeration and drainage, while you can also fertilise the ground with compost or mulch to give it extra food for growth.
You'll need to dig holes large and deep enough to fit each new plant. Once your plants are in, use a trowel to fill in the soil around the base and ensure they are tightly embedded. Not sure what plants are best for the season? Pansies, tulips and lilacs are just a handful of spring favourites.
Once your plants are in and covered, make sure they thrive by keeping your garden well-watered. Grab a watering can, or a hose if they're really thirsty, giving them the essential moisture they need to grow well.
Raised beds are containers that are used to grow a variety of plants and vegetables. Not only are they an eye-catching addition to any garden, but they also have several advantages over ground-level flower beds. You can buy them pre-made, but it is also possible to make them yourself.