With spring now on the horizon and the bitter-cold temperatures of winter a fading memory, people are now starting to venture back out in to their gardens to give them a little TLC.
We spoke to landscape gardener Jim Cross for his top tips on preparing your garden for spring.
Add colour with hanging baskets
If you forgot to plant any bulbs last autumn, then unfortunately you’ve missed the boat when it comes to spring flower beds.
But an easy way to inject a little colour in to your garden is by hanging baskets of seasonal plants - try this vintage plant basket from Waitrose, which contains elegant lilac viola and blue pansies.
Aerate your lawn
It’s very important to keep your grass aerated throughout the year.
During the spring months, make a handful of perforations with a fork to make sure enough moisture is absorbed.
Don’t hack away at the lawn
It might be your first instinct to grab the lawn mower and get to work on that long grass - but don't act in haste.
Instead, set your lawnmower on its lowest setting and cut just the top third of your grass.
This leaves your turf strong and dense for the summer months.
Sharpen your lawnmower blades
It’s often overlooked - but if you want to get the best results from your lawnmower, then make sure your blades are sharp.
If the blades are dull or nicked, it could leave the grass torn rather than giving a clean cut - and this torn end can turn brown a few days after mowing.
If you have a petrol-run lawnmower, then it’s a good idea to refill the engine with a fresh load.
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