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Creating a Spring ready garden

This week brought us the first day of Spring and how relieved we all are! The promise of longer evenings and lighter mornings is now finally here and most importantly we can start getting out into the gardens, that most of us have regrettably deserted, but who can blame us when we are having snow in March!

Eagle eyed spring enthusiasts will be eager to see what birds the new season will bring. The songs of the nations feathered friends become significantly more frequent as the longer days and better temperature kick-starts the birds mating season. Spring is also the time of year when we will begin to see the hedgehog start to come out of hibernation. Named because of its tendency to make its home amongst hedges and also its pig-like snout, the hedgehog is one of Britain’s most beloved fixtures of garden wildlife. Whilst the hedgehog does not permanently hibernate throughout winter, and will go days at a time awake and searching for food, spring is the time of year when the conditions become much safer and the hedgehog will begin to look for a mate.

We do a monthly gardening blog with the top jobs to be doing in the garden but here are some important things to be done to help your garden prosper during Spring…

In the Garden

We are in the final stretch of the bare root planting season. Bare roots are the most affordable way to achieve a hedge and with the vast amount of species you can choose from, there’s something to meet every requirement. Get these planted now to kick start their growth and development.

-Spring favourites such as bluebells and daffodils begin to add colour and life to our countryside alongside the bright green grass that once again fills fields after being stamped out in the cold winter months.

– Have a general tidy up and remove leaves and other debris from your flower borders, lawns and ponds. You can cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now, although if you’d like to be wildlife friendly then its best to leave the tidy up until early spring. If the soil is workable you can dig a 5cm layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste into empty garden borders. Taken from Thompson & Morgan

-If you have a badly placed deciduous shrub then now is the time to move it whilst it’s dormant. Choose a still day to prevent the roots drying out. Take a wide berth around the shrub when digging it up and try to take as much of the root ball as possible for the quickest establishment in its new location. When planting shrubs in their new position, place them at the same level they were previously in the soil, and remember to water them in well afterwards. Taken from Thompson & Morgan

Wildlife

– Although a food supply is essential year-round, there are certain times of the year when providing a reliable source of food can be vital to the survival of some birds. Winter appears to be the obvious season when providing food becomes more important, as natural food sources can become scarce; however, many people underestimate the importance of supplying food during May and June, when the number of beaks to feed in the nest increases. Being able to locate an easy source of food can influence the rate of survival among new chicks.

-Remember to include variety among the foods you supply to cater to the dietary needs of different species. Also spread your feeders and bird tables throughout the garden, creating different levels to accommodate birds that may prefer to feed from the ground. Once you have started to leave food out, make sure you keep your supply steady and regular – birds become reliant on food sources and stopping your supply suddenly can be detrimental.

-Here at best4hedging, we are proud to be affiliated with RSPB and with our fantastic RSPB bird friendly hedging packs you’ll be attracting birds and other wildlife to your gardens in no time. Hedging provides a wonderful source of food for birds and shelter for hedgehogs. The packs include species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple and Bird Cherry.

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RSPB

Keep your eyes peeled for your favourite signs of spring and why not take a look at what hedging could be providing colourful flowers to your garden this spring and summer. If you come across any please let us know! Share to our Facebook page or tweet us @best4hedging, we would love to see some photos!

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