Spring Garden Checklist


There is nothing quite like spring in the garden; the promise of warmer days ahead, the chance to grow your favourite plants or entirely new ones, and the anticipation of harvesting crops and seeing flowers blossom. Hard work now means you will reap the rewards in summer. 

To help you prepare your garden for spring, we have created the ‘Spring Garden Checklist’ with some tips and jobs you can do to get started this season. Simply download, print the link below and enjoy ticking off as you complete your spring gardening tasks. 

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Your Spring Garden Checklist

  • In early spring, prepare beds for sowing. Remove any weeds and debris from the area and dig it over. Add in some fresh compost or well-rotted manure as you go to replenish nutrients
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli, crocosmia, begonia and hesperantha
  • Mow the lawn for the first time this year if the weather is mild and aerate with a garden fork, then rake. Ensure the first cut of the season is light, raising the blades 0.5cm (0.25in)
  • Plan your pest control method over the coming months. Early spring shoots will need protecting against slugs
  • Put up a nesting box for birds. This can be done at any time of year, but it is more likely to be used straight away in spring
  • Sow seeds of hardy annuals. These are typically sown in March through to May and provide a reliable flower display throughout summer. Try gypsophila, impatiens, geraniums and marigolds
  • Sow vegetable seeds, check our seed sowing calendar to find out when to plant all the different varieties
  • Sow herbs directly into the ground or in containers in March, including chives, coriander, dill and parsley. You can sow basil seeds now into a container and keep it on your windowsill or in the greenhouse until the risk of frost has passed
  • Plant onion sets, garlic, shallots and seed potatoes outdoors in March for a summer harvest
  • Plant strawberry plants into the ground in March, or, to avoid pests, in hanging baskets
  • Sow wildflowers directly into the ground in April, they will attract many bees, butterflies and other insects to your garden over summer
  • Sunflowers can be sown in April, either into a pot or directly into flower borders
  • Roses should be fed with a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser as they grow. Remember to prune your roses to encourage strong new growth
  • Install a water butt if space allows to collect and recycle rainwater over the coming year