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Get your garden ready for spring

From seeds to slug repellant, here's everything you need for spring gardening 

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Spring brings longer days, pretty blossoms and (if we're lucky) warmer weather.

It's also the best season to get stuck into your garden. Our helpful tips cover everything you need to get growing. 

  • Best gardening tips to make sure your garden's ready for summer
  • Plan your garden in advance so you have flowering plants all year round
  • All the best new gardening gadgets 

Plan ahead for a beautiful garden all year round

Winter is finally coming to a close which can mean only one thing – it's time to don those gloves and show your garden some love.

Not sure where to start? Get your garden in order this spring with our top gardening tips.


Order seeds and bulbs for spring and summer

Towards the end of winter is when to stock up on your favourite seeds and bulbs for late spring and early summer. You should plant these as soon as the weather warms up a touch. Consider investing in yellow trilliums, lilacs, hyacinths and daffodils for a really colourful selection.


Inspect the winter damage and clean up

During chilly months, it's tough to find the enthusiasm to venture out into the garden. 

Consequently, your garden might need some prep before you can start planting your selection for 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 warmer, clear away moss, weeds and lichen. To do this, fill a bucket with boiling water and salt and spread across the area. 


Win the war against pests with an early strike

Even the greatest gardeners concede that pests – creatures and diseases – are part and parcel 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 (see: best lawnmowers) and the amazing garden planner.

The best advice? Pick the kind of technology that 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.