Garden Jobs – Spring

March

  • Tidy borders and mulch with compost or manure
  • Weed the beds while they are still empty and this will give you a good head start for the rest of the year
  • Prune Roses and add manure
  • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials to fill any gaps you noticed last year
  • Begin mowing the lawn (if needed) on a high setting as long as the ground is firm under foots
  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  • Top dress containers with fresh compost
  • Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems

April

  • Plant new roses, trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Feed specimen trees, roses, shrubs and hedge and established beds and borders, with a general purpose organic fertilizer
  • Keep weeds under control
  • Start mowing the lawn regularly and apply Spring lawn weed and feed
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches

May 

  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs after flowering
  • Clip box hedges
  • After the last frost plant out dahlias and summer bedding
  • Regularly hoe off weeds
  • Mow lawns weekly
  • Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
  • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs