Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.
Regular maintenance is key to achieving an impressive lawn and in the spring you need to tackle moss, weeds and grass that requires feeding after the cold winter months.
You can treat each individually or buy a lawn care product that will kill the moss and weeds while at the same time invigorating the grass.
Wait until the soil is moist, the grass dry and rain is forecast. Always carefully read the manufacturers' instructions or you may end up scorching the entire lawn.
Measure out sections of the lawn and apply the appropriate amount of fertilizer. If you are doing this by hand it's a good idea to wear gloves. Larger areas can be better treated with a spreader.
The dead moss can be later raked out and the area over seeded, perhaps with a tougher variety. After breaking up the surface, sow the seed and lightly rake, sprinkle with water during dry weather.
Many people will be out over Easter giving their lawn its first cut of the year. Before mowing, lightly rake out any debris and then set the blades high (about 40mm).
Although regular mowing is recommended, remember not to weaken its roots by cutting grass too short.
Healthy well fed grass that grows vigorously will help to discourage weeds and moss from returning but the lawn's location might not.
Moss loves damp ground, so if the soil wasn't prepared very well before the lawn was laid and suffers from bad drainage, take a fork and spike the affected areas.
Shade is also a contributing factor, so think about cutting back any overhanging vegetation to let in more sunlight.
Aerating the soil will also help in high traffic areas, i.e. where children have been playing too much football, and the earth has become compacted.
On-going maintenance is key to successful lawn and, by investing some time and effort in the spring, you'll be reaping the rewards later in the year.
If you want to lay a new lawn read our Blog 'How To Lay Garden Turf' for more detailed information.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.