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Start Planning Your Springtime Planting

Released On 18th Jan 2023

Start Planning Your Springtime Planting

While planting season is still a few months away, now is the time to start planning what you want your springtime garden to look like, and take steps to prepare your garden for the growing season. So today we’re going to give you some tips on how to prepare your garden for spring, and what to think about before you go shopping for plants.

Sow Some Seeds Now

Just like people, there are some plants and flowers that have a longer growing season than others. So if you want them to be in bloom for you to enjoy in spring, then you need to start sowing them now. A few examples of early-sowing plants are:

  • Geraniums
  • Begonias
  • Antirrhinums
  • Peppers
  • Aubergines

Since it is still January in England you will need to start these in a heated propagator or in a seed tray indoors to make sure they can survive and get ready to plant out in March.

Go On A Pest Hunt

Now is the perfect time to go on a pest hunt through your garden for one simple reason – it’s cold. Hibernating pests will still be sleeping or very sluggish, and won’t be interested in multiplying and invading your garden. Getting rid of them now is much simpler and it can save you a lot of trouble come spring and summer time.

To do this, take a close look at the crowns of your perennial plants and check for any slugs, snails and aphid colonies sheltering for the winter. Clear out last year’s bedding from the summer pots, and check for white-vine-weevil larvae that live in the compost and feed on plant roots as you go,. Destroy any pests you find, and apply pesticides as needed to ensure your garden is in the best shape possible for planting.

Plan Your Beds

Look at your garden and decide if you want it to stay in the same layout, or if you want to change things up. Now is the ideal time to plan any minor landscaping you want to do, along with what type of plants you would like to include in your beds. Look into the types of plant that will do well in your soil and light conditions, and what colours and textures you want. This will help you put together a shopping and planting list ready for mid-March.

Move Deciduous Shrubs

Winter is the perfect time to move any deciduous shrubs in your garden as they will still be dormant, and so you can’t do much damage to them. So if you’re planning to change the layout of your garden, get this step done now. Choose a still day to move your shrubs around so that you don’t dry out the roots. Dig a circular trench around the shrub and lift out as much of the root ball as possible, so that it can re-establish in its new spot quickly. Plant it to the same level in the soil, and water it thoroughly afterwards.

Become A Handyman

Now is also the best time to get those niggly little maintenance jobs out of the way, before you need to worry about trampling newly planted seeds. Check your fence panels, gates and trellis for any sign of weather damage or decay, fixing any structures as you go. Clean your patios and fence panels, apply preservatives and generally get the skeleton of your garden ready for summer.

Don’t want to do all of that yourself? Ask us!

The CMA Spring Planting Package

CMA are proud to offer a full spring planting package for new and existing customers. Planting will take place from mid-March (weather depending) and will include everything you need for a thriving and beautiful garden this spring. Our planting package includes the supply of:

  • 5 large specimen shrubs
  • 1 small tree
  • 2 small/medium shrubs (approx. 2-4’ high)
  • 16 ground cover plants (approx. 15-20 cm high)
  • 10 flowering perennials
  • 100 bulbs on seasonal or annual

All of the above are specifically chosen to suit your garden and style, so we can build your perfect spring garden. The package also includes:

  • Planting your collection
  • Preparing your border
  • Applying organic compost

All of this for just £1995.00 including VAT.

If you’re interested, all you need to do is email us today and we’ll be in touch to chat through your options and confirm the details with you. It’s as simple as that! Or if you have any questions about spring planting or planning for your garden, we’ll be happy to answer them. Just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.