Spring may seem far off in the future – especially with the stormy weather we’ve been having, but the sight of snowdrops this week gives us a delightful reminder that the end of the winter is in sight. Is your garden in need of a face lift? Or maybe it’s a completely blank canvas? This is the perfect time of year to get started. Here are a few important points to consider:
1. CLEAN PAVING: – to avoid dangerous slippy surfaces. Green algae will accumulate on any surface which doesn’t get much light. This is a great job for a lovely bright dry day. Avoid doing this on a windy day as the drift from the spray may kill plants and grass. Brush off any leaves or debris from the area. In your garden sprayer, mix 50:50 Sodium hypochlorite and water and spray it on. No need to wash off – just leave it to dry. You will notice the difference in a few days. If it was really green, you may need to do it again in a few weeks, but generally, once the area is clean you should only need to do this once or twice a year to keep it clean.
Vanessa Drew is a highly experienced garden designer based near Rathfriland, Co Down. In her blogs, she shares her passion for horticulture providing advice for all types of garden. Vanessa is also a part-time farmer, B&B owner and animal lover. She enjoys hiking and is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast.