Spring countdown - Gardening tips, Lawn Care Advice and Lawn Treatments in Chichester, Emsworth, Southsea and surrounding areas
So the weather is teasing us at the moment with the warmest February 20th for over 100 years, typically a Monday!
I spent the last weekend in the North and wow so much moss around in the gardens up there it really has been a great growing season for moss. The picture is of a lawn in Leeds, the "in laws" which will get our Ultimate Moss Control Plan in the Spring when I take on the lawn care for the first time. Its full with moss and we will soon have the grass seeing that off!
Still the warmer weather is a great chance to get in the garden and get serious with the pruning and cutting back to make sure all the plants and shrubs have the space they need for spring.
Its a good time to plant new trees and shrubs, make sure you check how big it will grow to avoid space problems later and try to visualise what the area will be like through the season, I find a little sketch plan helps, it’s all too easy for things to get crowded as the growth picks up so a little preparation saves on remedial work later down the line.
If you have some shrubs or rose bushes that would benefit from a better position in the garden then thats also something that can be done now whilst the plant is still dormant- make sure you leave at least 20cm clearance for a small bush or rose plant but up to 50cm for a small tree, when you are replanting, don't worry about cutting the big roots when you dig the tree/bush up as the small roots will regrow.
If you like the idea of a fruit tree in your garden but don't think you have the space you may find dwarf trees work well for you and give a good crop.
On the lawn it’s still a good time to tackle the moss and to start thinking about the first spring feed and weed control.
If the lawn is dry enough get the mower out and trim any growth, gentle and high for the first cut and never more than 1/3rd of the plant. It’s always best to leave the grass a little longer in spring it helps the plant to grow and to keep any weed seeds in the shade and discourage them from germinating to allow the grass to dominate.
It’s still a little cool and wet to get stuck into lawn renovation but it’s a good time to plan what’s needed.
As always if you need Lawn Care Advice or would like help with any lawn problems and I will try and help and visit if you are in Hampshire or West Sussex.
Hi I'm Annie and I love lawns and gardens. I own and run Lawnrite providing lawn care advice and treatments across East Hampshire and West Sussex