How to prepare beds and borders for planting
If the weather is kind during January or February, this is a good time to prepare your beds and borders, ready for planting in the spring.
Choose a dry day, wrap up warm and start clearing beds and borders and boost the soil for great results during the summer.
Start by cutting back hardy perennials, such as rudbeckias and geraniums, down to soil level.
Try to snip stems away as close to the ground as possible to avoid leaving unsightly bits sticking up and ruining the next year’s display.
Collect all the trimmings and compost them.
Chop up the material as finely as possible before mixing it all together and adding to your compost heap.
Sprinkle with a compost activator such as Westland Make Your Own Compost to help speed up the composting process.
Once the beds are cleared, fork over the soil between remaining plants, mixing in some organic matter as you go.
Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure is perfect for this.
This will relieve surface compaction and improve drainage for your plants.
Finish off by spreading a mulch of compost over the entire area.
If you don’t have any home-made, use bags of Gro-Sure Rose, Tree & Shrub Compost instead.