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Great Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring 2016

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With winter in full swing, thousands of avid gardeners in and around North West Manchester are making the necessary plans and arrangements to ensure that their garden gets off to a flying start in time for spring. Whether you’re planning on ordering your garden topsoil in Manchester, or if you’re keen to pick up a few bags of gravel and slate to top up your flower beds – we have a collection of great tips to get your garden ready for spring. read more...

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With winter in full swing, thousands of avid gardeners in and around North West Manchester are making the necessary plans and arrangements to ensure that their garden gets off to a flying start in time for spring. Whether you’re planning on ordering your garden topsoil in Manchester, or if you’re keen to pick up a few bags of gravel and slate to top up your flower beds – we have a collection of great tips to get your garden ready for spring.

Using the elements to your advantage

Throughout autumn and winter, your garden space will have been exposed to all sorts of weather. From rain and sleet all the way to snow and frost – the chances are that you’ll find a variety of foliage, branches, leaves and general waste in need of removal. Many gardeners opt to simply pile up this waste and dispose of it, but in reality you could use the fallen debris to your advantage. Why not consider compressing them and allowing them to turn to mulch over the next few weeks?

You will be able to distribute this new organic material over the surface layers of your soil – the ideal solution to ensure that your newly sprouting buds receive the optimum supply of nutrients. Alternatively, clear the debris away and consider adding your own gravel or slate to finish off the look of your garden space - and keep the compost underneath safe from the winter winds of Lancashire, too.

Preparing your plant patches

If you plan on taking our mulch advice above, or if you’d prefer to pick up a few packs of garden gravel in Manchester – you will undoubtedly want to promote your plant patches to prepare them for growth this spring. If you haven’t sewn your seeds already then now is the time to do so. In the worst case, they will start to sprout towards the end of spring; allowing plenty of time for them to thrive during the summer.

We’re one of the most popular topsoil suppliers in North West Manchester, but we also stock a variety of gravel, slate, shale and general materials. The first thing that you will want to do if you’re yet to plant seeds, is to turn the present soil, top it up with a fresh batch for the vitamins, and then lay your seeds. It’s a good idea to allow the seeds to sprout before laying gravel – but finer pebbles shouldn’t take a toll; if anything they’ll encourage your seeds to reach for the sky, whilst keeping the vital vitamins and minerals within the soil.

Clear unnecessary obstacles

During the autumn and winter, it’s not uncommon for home owners to install rain covers and other facilities within their garden – many of which will protect the soil and provide somewhere for residents to sit comfortably without being rained on. If you have installed any of these features, then you’ll understand how vital it is to remove them in time for the sunshine. With limited sunlight in the autumn and winter, they won’t cause too much of a concern. In the spring and summer however, they could act to restrict the healthy rays of the sun and this can be detrimental to any plant life present, as well as your recently planted seeds. Be sure to remove them, take them down and put them away for the months ahead. Your garden space will appreciate the consistent influx of light, and your plants and shrubs will be able to grow without hindrance.

Final checks to perform

As your leading topsoil supplier in Lancashire and the surrounding areas, we know a thing or two about the condition of compost and ground layers. In all instances, we’d recommend checking that your soil isn’t waterlogged, nor that it’s clumpy and difficult to crumble. If your garden has suffered with frost or ice over the past couple of months, then be sure to allow it to air-out properly. Failing to do so may leave some of the lower layers frozen – and these conditions are anything but optimal for your plant growth.

If you’re ever in doubt consider ordering a few bags of soil; you could even purchase a set of gravel packs too – especially if you’re keen to protect the soil once laid and avoid frost occurring next year. In any event, the best thing that you can do for your garden is to ensure that every element has been addressed to ensure that your plants and seeds can grow without hindrance; and in the most effective way.

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