Spring

Below is a selection of tasks to be done over the forthcoming spring months. The garden diary is updated regularly so keep checking in to see what needs doing throughout the year.

March

at a glance…

  • Mulch bare soil in beds & borders
  • Move evergreen shrubs
  • Prune bush and shrub roses
  • Get a head start by sowing vegetable seeds indoors
  • Prune shrubs with colourful winter stems
  • Lift & divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
  • Reseed bare patches of lawn.
  • Start mowing lawns regularly.

last chance to…

  • Finish planting bare-root trees and shrubs and new fruit trees and bushes.

April

at a glance…

  • Continue watering newly planted trees and shrubs if the weather is dry.
  • Plant vegetable seeds outdoors
  • Plant evergreen trees & shrubs
  • Trim grey-leaved shrubs to keep them bushy.
  • Tie-in the new shoots of climbers
  • Prune early flowering shrubs.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Stake tall-growing perennials.
  • Keep weeding.
  • Deadhead daffodils.
  • Sow or turf new lawns.
  • Feed established lawns.
  • Start mowing lawns regularly.

last chance to…

  • Cut-down any dead growth left over winter on perennials, especially grasses, before there is too much risk of damaging new shoots.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs.

May

at a glance…

  • Water plants that need it regularily.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
  • Lightly trim box and other formal hedging.
  • Cut-back and divide spring flowering perennials.
  • Clear out spring bedding plants and replace with summer bedding.
  • Feed and weed lawns to encourage good growth, as well as mowing regularily.
  • Inspect plants regularily for signs of pests and diseases.

last chance to…

  • Sow or turf new lawns before it gets too dry.
  • Finish planting evergreen shrubs.