With the Easter weekend nearly upon us, we'll be able to take in the many wonderful sights and sounds of nature
It also provides us with a great opportunity to ensure our gardens are ready for the nicer weather, yet for the more casual gardeners, this can seem a daunting prospect. That's where this guide from Toro comes in - they're sharing their nine tips for tasks to try this Easter.
With a lovely weekend forecast, it's tempting to just dive outside and start work. However, before you begin, you're better off coming up with a plan. Take the opportunity to relax and come up with a list of exactly what you want to achieve.
2. Exterior tidy up
If you haven't done it already, ensure you give your garden a tidy up. Clear up any debris and save the grass trimmings and organic material for composting. This can be placed in a sealed container for later use. This is also the perfect time to tidy the shed and make sure everything's in full working order for the season of gardening to come.
It's time to make sure those patios, flower beds, borders and gravel paths are all neat and tidy! You don't have to use a weed killer - instead, you can either do it by hand or even use a natural alternative. If you deal with the problem early on, it helps to limit the likelihood of weeds returning later in the season.
4. On top of the pests
Look at your plants for any sign of the more common garden pests - if you see any, take the steps necessary to stop them. It's also a good time to ensure you spray the leaves of the more disease-prone plants with fungicide to limit the chances of fungicide, controlling mildew, rust and blackspot. If you're growing crops and want to keep potential pests at bay, insect netting could be the order of the day.
5. Mow time
When you mow during the spring months, make sure you use a higher cutting height than you normally would - and ensure you never cut it by more than a third at any one time - this would stress the grass, leaving it more prone to disease and weeds.
6. Edge effect
A tidy, impactful garden is the dream - and focusing on strimming the grass edges and borders is crucial here. Not only does your lawn get definition and shape but it also creates an instantly tidier look too.
7. Flower power
After completing the bigger jobs, you can start thinking about providing your garden with some decoration! Step forward, flowers. Whether it's the hardier annuals or more beautiful wild flowers, April is the time to get planting.
8. Fruit and veg
As we've waved the last of the frost goodbye, it will also be the time to sow any produce. Plants that take well this time of year include cabbage, lettuce, broad beans, courgettes, tomatoes and strawberries.
Show some affection towards the creatures that live in your garden. Feed the birds and hedgehogs and keep some bee-friendly flowers too - in fact, why not go a step further and install a bee nesting box?