7 gardening jobs to consider for this Bank Holiday weekend
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- By Daniella Woodward
With spring finally here, it means we can get back out into the garden after a long wet, dark and dreary winter. You may have contemplated tackling the overgrown grass or have felt your garden could benefit from some TLC but you might not know entirely where to start. If you’re a garden enthusiast, these 7 essential gardening jobs for spring will be at the top of your to-do list this Easter bank holiday.
1) Lawn mowing
Going back to basics, there is nothing that transforms your garden quicker than a mow of the lawn. Before mowing, ensure you have raked any debris from the lawn and removed any excess leaves that might be in the way. To keep your overgrowing grass at bay, consider mowing every one to two weeks to ensure your garden stays trim and tidy ready for the next few months that take us into summer.
2) Controlling pests
Pests can really interfere with your garden by eating, damaging and diseasing your plants. To avoid this, watch out for insects such as slugs, snails and caterpillar’s around springtime that thrive off the warmer weather and the showers that April typically brings.
Although pruning ensures your garden stays neat and tidy for the spring months the benefits don’t stop there. Cutting off overgrown plants or simply removing dead branches will reduce the amount of pests that may come into contact with your plants. Trimming down those overgrown hedges fuels the strength and health of your plants, ensuring you are left with a blooming and beautiful garden.
Weeds are the garden nuisance and challenge the survival of many other plants through competing for light and water and can therefore jeopardise plants of your own. Digging or pulling weeds removes them from the root preventing the weed from re-growing. Weeding will ensure your garden plants can flourish without any disruption.
5) Replacing broken pots
Replacing any cracked pots will give you ultimate peace of mind that your precious plants are safe and aren’t at risk of falling apart if a pot was to fall over if the weather turns a little windy. If a pot is to fall and break, ensure that any broken pieces are cleaned up to avoid pets or children hurting themselves.
6) Watering plants
With the weather getting warmer as we get closer towards summer, we can’t always rely on the rain to water our plants for us. Remembering to water plants frequently when there has been a lack of rain is crucial and can be done in the evening before it begins to get dark.
7) Garden paving
Over the winter months, garden paving is usually neglected for much of the time however by using just a little bit of soapy water, paving can transform from abandoned to amazing. Washing up liquid works a treat as do certain household cleaners however be aware that cleaners containing acid can often react with the paving so always check the label. Before wetting the surface sweep away any debris, followed by scrubbing the paving with a brush and a bucket of warm soapy water.