7 Hints and Tips on Preparing your Winter Garden for Spring

Well it’s Thursday again so time for another 7 Hints and Tips post. This week I want to help out with tips on preparing your gardens for Spring. Being nearly 40 weeks pregnant at this time of year I am really behind with my Winter garden prep, so it’s going to have to wait this year. The upside is that I have all Summer off on maternity leave so I am sure I will have some spare time to get out and about in the garden.
So It’s that time of year, where we are all waiting for Spring to arrive. Now is the time to get outside in the garden on a dry day and start working on the garden preparing for Spring. If you get some work in now, you won’t be caught out if we get an early Spring. Here are my 7 Hints and Tips on preparing your Winter garden for Spring.
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  • Tidy – Now is the time to have a bit of a tidy up. Clear up dead leaves and debris from around the garden, flower beds, boarders and patio areas. Remove any dead flowers that have been missed, prune bushes and shrubs before the first Spring growth.


  • Compost Area – Create a compost are where you can put all your garden waste. This could be one you have made yourself with a few pieces of wood, or a compost bin bought from your local garden centre. This is great for putting all your vegetable peelings and grass clippings.
  • Fix Fences and Trellis – Get the fixing jobs out the way so you have more time for planting in the Spring and Summer.
  • Garden Pests – Now is the time to remove and control pests around the garden before they get out of hand in the Spring. Remove hibernating slugs, snails and aphids.
  • Install Water Butts – I have 2 water butts in my garden and I couldn’t do without them. Not only does it save on the water bill during Spring/Summer but the rainwater is much preferred by some ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons and Blueberry bushes.
  • Greenhouse – If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse (I unfortunately do not due to my garden being a hill so no flat areas for one!) I would suggest giving it a clean out before you start to plant your trays of seeds. This is so that any pests that are hibernating inside are removed.
  • Gardening Tools – Clean and sharpen your gardening tools, to not only prevent the spread of diseases but also to preserve their lifespan.


Hopefully these hints and tips will help you get a head start on your garden for Spring. Now I have sat down and written about these tips I have just realised I have a lot of work to do in my own garden!
Do you have any of your own gardening tips on preparing for Spring?
 A Cornish Mum

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Thank you for sharing
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  1. 30th January 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Great tips! We have a slug infestation, but no idea how to get rid of them… Any ideas? Definitely need to clean our tools and adding water buts sounds like a good idea. I wonder if we could add a big water butt onto our allotment, see if we could collect some rain water for the plants. Thanks so much for sharing on #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

    • 30th January 2016 / 9:40 pm

      A natural way of getting rid of slugs is putting Beer traps out for them. Much safer than slug pellets! Xx

  2. 28th January 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Great tips here 🙂 Our garden is a work in progress, as Si has concrete sheds he has started to build, and want to rip out hedges etc – one day I'll have a nice non building site garden 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix love

    Stevie x

  3. 23rd January 2016 / 10:11 pm

    We've got lots of fences to fix in our garden. Fortunately they are at the top of the garden (we also have a hill for a garden) so the children can't reach that part at the moment, until they start climbing over the gate anyway!). #PicknMix

  4. 21st January 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I still have some leaves to collect up (we have a litle wood beyond our garden, the job seems endless!). Very jealous of anyone who has a greenhouse to clean – oh, to be able to have all those plants that can't survive the British winter! My other big job is trying to rid our garden of bluebells – they'd completely taken over when we moved in – lovely in a wood, but it's nice to have some space to plant other things!

    • 22nd January 2016 / 9:46 am

      Same here! I wish I had a flat area for a greenhouse!xx

  5. 21st January 2016 / 1:37 pm

    My husband is the one that controls the garden in our house but it's looking like it needs a lot of love so I will show him this post haha x

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:23 pm

      I wish my husband was like that! He hates the garden, but i'm the total opposite I love spending time planting tubs and weeding is relaxing xx

  6. 21st January 2016 / 11:45 am

    I really need to get my butt in gear and take better care of my garden, it's the first one I've had and it's so much work! But I did get some tools for Christmas. Thanks for the tips!

    • 21st January 2016 / 2:21 pm

      I agree, gardens can be a lot of work, but when it's the summer it's well worth it all the hard work seeing lots of plants and flowers in bloom xx

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