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Early spring gardening tips for beginners

With the snowy weather finally clearing and the temperatures steadily creeping up, spring is just around the corner. Now is the time of year all gardeners look forward to, as the milder temperatures and longer days allowing more time to be spent outside preparing gardens for the warmer weather to come.

For many of us gardening will be a new pastime, particularly those moving into their first home with a garden. For beginners looking after your own patch of green/ your own garden can be a daunting task, with a whole new world of plants, tools and techniques become familiar with.

To help the less green-fingered amongst you I’ve put together a few tips for spring gardening that should point you in the right direction.

Give the garden a clean

Every garden will need a good tidy up after the harsh winter months. You can clear your lawn of fallen leaves, twigs and dead growth using a rake or, for those who prefer a slightly less physical job, a leaf blower. Only start this clear up when the grass is dry as this will make your task much easier.

Whack the weeds

Make sure to get rid of any weeds that are starting to appear as the weather gets warmer, these can also be tackled with rakes or pulled out by hand. Weedkillers are equally effective for removing unwanted weeds and these can be applied easily with purpose built sprayers.  If you get on top of your weeds early they won’t cause you problems later in the year.

Put fallen leaves to good use

Leaf mould is a great garden conditioner that provides great nutrition to soil and plant beds. It also reduces the need for watering, saving you money and time. You can make leaf mould by putting fallen leaves in bin bags with a little water. Pierce the bags to make a few holes and then secure them by tying up the tops of the bags. If you leave the bags in a sheltered area of your garden you will have a good leaf mould ready for use in the summer.

Repair the lawn

Patchy gardens can be a real eyesore. Start to re-seed bare or damaged patches of lawn. You should be able to purchase a wide variety of grass seeds at your local garden centre. First, rake your soil then add any fertilizer you wish to use, such as leaf mould, to the soil.  Mix a shovel of soil with a couple of scoops of your chosen grass seed and spread into the patch of lawn. Rake the soil smooth and remember to keep the area well-watered until the seeds grown and the new grass starts to appear.

Check your lawnmower blades and cut the grass

Last but not least, check your lawnmower blades to see if they need sharpening. After a long period without use the chances are your blades could do with a bit of sharpening. Sharper blades ultimately cut grass better and will leave your lawn much healthier than a dull blade. Give your lawnmower a check to see if any other maintenance or repairs are needed. Once you have checked your mower and the weather has picked up get to work on cutting the grass regularly, remembering to weed and fertilise regularly.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy for any budding gardener wanting to venture out into their garden for the first time. As the weather continues to improve, maintaining your garden should start to pay dividends heading into the summer.

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