Spring 2023: Getting Started With Your Garden

This week (Monday, 20th March, to be exact) we officially re-entered into the glorious spring season.

How does it feel? Are you lighter and brighter than you were last week? If the weather is anything to go by…Well, it’s probably too soon to tell.

However, if you’ve taken a leisurely stroll around Edinburgh lately, particularly around some of the greener patches of town, you may have noticed the odd daffodil here and there, poking its weary head out toward that funny bright thing in the sky…What’s it called? The sun?

For those of you who have something of a lawn, or maybe even a patch or two to grow something vaguely plant-like , this rather heartening sign can really only mean one thing: it’s time to think about tidying up that garden.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Winter has had its ways with your favourite summer time space, and it’s time to open that garden shed once more and do what it is that needs to be done.

But what exactly does need to be done? Where do we start? What do we need?

Well, we don’t mean to brag, but we’re a bit of an expert in this area. 

Top 5 Gardening Jobs

So, down tools for one moment and let’s take a look at the top 5 jobs you need to be doing in your garden this spring.

Rake and Bush

All of that winter weather has no doubt played havoc with your garden. Dead leaves, bits of soil…other bits and bobs of unknown origin…The place could use a fix up. So, open up that shed door, pick up your rake and brush, and get started on making your lawn, patio, or whatever you happen to have, look a little bit more presentable. Pick a sunny day if you can (yeah, good luck with that) and one with not too much wind and, you never know, you might feel inspired…We hope so! Because this is just the beginning!

Lawn Love

Now that you have given your lawn a bit of a tidy, it’s time to get down to the real business. That’s right, dear readers. Spring has arrived and, therefore, it’s time to dig out your lawn mower and get that grass down to a respectable length. Of course, you’ll need to give it another rake afterwards, but it will look so much better once it’s done…You smell that? It almost smells like summer.

Flower Power

Making your garden look alive and vibrant is really what we’re all going for here. Spring is really the time to roll up your sleeves and get started on transforming the space from a winter battered warzone into your own personal Eden. Tend to what you already have already with a spot of pruning to help keep things healthy and even think about sowing seeds indoors for that vegetable patch you want to give a try later this year. And, of course, it is a great season to start planting new things once again. What do you like? What do you want? Let your imagination run wild and watch your garden thrive and burst into life.

Fresh Furniture

If you really want to go for it this year, why not go out and get yourself some fresh furniture to enjoy? We know that money is tight at the moment and it might not be a priority, but if your garden is a place that makes you feel calm and happy, adding a bench or a table could really be the finishing touch that brings the whole space to life. Is it a ‘job’ that needs doing? No. However, just picture sitting there in the late afternoon sun, sipping on a cool Irn Bru and dreaming of your next home purchase with Belvoir Edinburgh…Sigh. So dreamy.

Stay Ahead

This is the sort of job that is a little marmite, but it simply has to be done. Your shed hasn’t had any attention since last summer and it’s feeling a little starved of affection. It has been battered by wind, rain and goodness knows what else, and the inside just looks like a bull has run through it. So, put aside a morning or afternoon and try and get things organised and tidy. Do this and you’ll know where everything is, what you’ll need for the coming season and , most importantly, it’ll all be an awful lot safer. Oh, and have a look to see if the exterior needs any work. Fix any dents, leaks or cracks and, yes, give that poor thing a lick of paint. They deserve it.

Let Us know Your Favourite Gardening Jobs

If you have a garden, springtime is a sure signal to get out to the garden and make preparations for those hot summer months.

What do you like to do in the back or front yard around now? Did we miss anything out? Be sure to let us know.

From everyone here at Belvoir Edinburgh, we hope you have a fantastic week.