Who is ready for Spring? Make sure your property and garden is looking tip top with our spring cleaning tips!
1. Clean Gutters
Gutters are vital as they draw rain water away from your property. If your gutters are blocked or leaky it is important you clear them as soon as possible to prevent damage to your property.
2. Ensure gates are oiled and working freely
Now the weather is warming up it is a good idea to check your gates for rust damage. Make sure they are well oiled and freely open and close.
3. Fix fences, gates and trellis
Protect your fences from wear and tear by using a wood preservative during dry periods. It is a great time of year to do this, before all your plants grow up and make it hard work!
4. Tidy up your hedge
Ensure hedges have been given a gentle spring prune to encourage them to flourish later in the year.
5. Clear up flower beds and borders
- Have a general tidy around.
- Remove debris and leaves from borders, lawns and ponds.
- You can cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now.
- If possible incorporate 5cm layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste into empty garden borders.
6. Clean your greenhouse
- Remove any plant debris from the floor, benches and any other work surfaces
- Disinfect with a hot solution of garden disinfectant, make sure you do this thoroughly as overwintering pests and diseases can survive in the tiniest spaces
- Wash pots and seed trays
- Ventilate your greenhouse over the next couple of weeks
7. Prune climbing and bush roses
- Remove all dead, damaged, and diseased branches
- Trim crossing branches
- Thin so the plant is ready to accommodate new growth.
8. Clean paving and decking
Give your patio and decking a good clean using a pressure washer, or a stiff brush and a solution of patio and decking cleaning solution.
Next Month Blount and Maslin examine the difference between Freehold and Leasehold properties.