Time To Look After Your Soil
One bit of your garden that can be easily forgotten but that certainly needs some care and attention is your soil.
This is especially the case after a long, cold winter, and Alan Titchmarsh has recently been sharing his top tips on how to get your soil in good shape for the spring in an article for the Express.
He explained that heavy rain over the winter will leach the nutrients out of soil, which is why now is when you need to replenish it to ensure your plants have all the nutrients they need to thrive as we move into spring.
A fertiliser containing nitrogen, phosphates and potash will do the trick, he added, and recommended investing in organic fertiliser to keep the naturally occuring bacteria in the soil healthy. In addition, you need to dig in the likes of manure, spent mushroom compost or spent hops to help the soil recover.
If you’re wondering where to start with this in your garden, getting help with your landscaping in Hertfordshire could be advisable, especially if you want to change the design of your outdoor space at the same time.
Mr Titchmarsh explained that adding compost to your flower beds does more than just provide nutrients for your garden – in areas with heavy clay soil, it can improve drainage, while in places that have light sandy soil it helps the ground hold onto moisture.
Meanwhile, if you’re worried about slugs wreaking havoc among your plants this spring you may want to invest in nematodes. These parasitic worms target slugs and are a completely natural way to control the slug population in your garden, without the need for slug pellets.