5 spring gardening tips to get your garden ready for summer Spring has sprung, and it’s time to step outside and get your garden ready for summer with our top spring gardening tips. The dark winter months are over, you can look forward to sunny days and lighter evenings. Get ready for spring gardening which ones with the opportunity to create a beautiful outdoor space and grow a variety of plants in your garden. Whether you want to grow a mix of vegetables or create a patch of flowers, spring is the perfect time to put your gardening skills to the test. If you find gardening overwhelming and don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a handy list of tips to get your garden ready for summer. Spring Clean your garden A spring clean is one of the first tasks you should complete. Before you start planting, spend some time cleaning up your garden. You should figure out what needs to be cleaned up, remove any fallen leaves, and clear any borders and beds back to bare soil. A clean garden can help prevent pests and weed seeds, and it also provides a clean slate for your vegetables and flowers to grow. Refresh your lawn in the spring A big part of the spring clean is to tidy up the lawn. If you’ve got grass, spring is the perfect time to freshen it up. If you have a lawnmower, have it serviced and the blades sharpened, refill it with oil and lubricate moving parts if necessary. With your lawnmower ready, it’s time to start cutting your grass. The best way to cut long grass is to do it often, and to achieve the best results, you should: Never remove more than a third of the length of the grass Increase mowing frequency Cut the grass when it’s dry Paint your fence Adding a touch of colour to your fence can brighten up your garden and make it look cleaner. For optimal results, make sure to check the weather forecast 24 hours before you start painting, as you should only apply paint in dry conditions. If you’ve got big plants in your garden, you will need to trim the branches back from the fence and collect vegetation and leaves using garden gloves or a leaf blower. Sanding the fence and applying a coat of primer will also help you achieve a smooth finish. Ensure you remove any debris or dirt from your fence and use a good primer base; this will act as an adhesive for the paint. Once you’ve prepped your fence, it’s time to choose the right paint. You can go for the classic wood colour or opt for a bright colour such as blue or white if you want to try something new. Choose spring friendly flowers When it comes to spring planting, the options are endless. Spring is the perfect time to plant vegetables, flowers, berry bushes, and roses. Choosing plants is one of the most important tasks to get your garden ready for summer, and by selecting the right ones, you can achieve the exact effect you want. Before choosing your plants, spend some time rearranging your planters and garden. To help them absorb sunshine and water evenly, stagger them in a zigzag pattern instead of planting them in straight lines. If you’re aiming for a colourful garden, we’d recommend you plant: Daffodils, Pansies, Crocus, Tulips, Hyacinths, and Iris. Bring the garden indoors Plants are proven to increase productivity and help cleanse household air. If you don’t have a garden, you can still bring the garden indoors by adding potted plants around your house or starting an indoor garden. Space is the most important aspect when starting your indoor garden as you can use as little or as much space as you want. Plants can be grown in windowsills, and you could also use tables and shelves. When it comes to indoor gardening, the options are endless. You can choose to grow onions, peppers, tomatoes and garlic or plant colourful spring flowers like Dahlias and tuber roses. Time to get gardening Now it’s time to get to work. Doing some gardening now will help to create a beautiful garden that you can enjoy all summer long. All our properties at Platinum Skies developments enjoy communal gardens, but for keen gardeners, a number of our houses come with small gardens in Salisbury & Sherborne. Speak to one of our team to find a solution that works for you and your love of gardening.