• Read some of our best gardening tips to ensure that your garden is ready for Summer
  • Plan your garden in advance so that you have flowering plants the whole year
  • And for the avid gardener, check out some of the new gardening gadgets on offer to give your garden a boost!

Winter is coming to a close which can mean only one thing – it's time to don those gardening gloves and get out the trowels ready to show your garden some love.

Make sure you get your garden in order this Spring with our top gardening tips.

Order seeds and bulbs for spring and summer

Now is the perfect time to stock up on your favourite seeds and bulbs for late spring, early summer, which you should plant as soon as winter begins to thaw. Consider investing in yellow trilliums, lilacs, hyacinths and daffodils for a really colourful selection.

Inspect the winter damage and clean up

Needless to say, with the weather less than brilliant over the Winter months, there is little enthusiasm or benefit in venturing out into the garden and keeping the garden tidy.

Consequently, your garden is going to need some prep work before you can start planting your new landscape ready for the Summer. Pick up any dead leaves and twigs, redefine the borders of your lawn and remove the dead stalks off perennials.

When it starts to get a little warmer, to get rid of moss, weeds and lichen, fill a bucket with boiling water and salt for the best results.

Win the war against pests with an early strike

Even the greatest gardeners concede that pests – creatures and diseases – are part and parcel of the life of gardening. Nature, the garden designer Kate Gould explained a few years ago, "doesn't stand still just because you are".

Ahead of Spring, spend some time looking for pests that have hidden themselves away during the Winter, with snails, slugs and aphid colonies likely to be found hibernating at the crowns of your perennial plants. Check out more on how to remove bugs from your garden.

Top garden gadgets to consider

Garden technology is more sophisticated than ever, with gadgets ranging from the avant-garde – this Wi-Fi Plant Sensor - to the practical – best lawnmowers – and to the amazing garden planner.

The best advice is to pick the right kind of technology that best suits your gardening expertise and level of activity, as some of the gizmos can be rather expensive.

And if the worst should happen, and contents in your garden are damaged, your home insurer might provide cover against certain damage. If in doubt, check your policy or contact your insurer directly.