Spring has finally sprung!  The days are longer, the weather is warming up, and it's the perfect time to get outside and start prepping your garden for a blooming beautiful summer.  Here's a checklist to get you started, packed with easy-to-follow steps and using products from the fantastic range available at Lawsons to make your spring gardening a breeze!

Spring Cleaning

We don’t mean spring cleaning your home.  As the vibrant hues of spring begin to grace our gardens, it's time to roll up our sleeves and embark on the rejuvenating journey of seasonal gardening. Let's dive into the essential tasks of garden spring cleaning.

Tidy Up Your Beds

Winter can leave your flowerbeds and vegetable patches looking a little worse for wear.  The first step to getting your garden ready for spring is to remove any leftover leaves, debris or dead plants. This will not only make your garden look tidier but will also help prevent the spread of diseases that can harm your new spring growth.  Lawson's selection of garden tools includes everything you need to get the job done, from leaf grabbers and weed forks to strong, durable rubbish bags to dispose of your garden waste.

Sharpen Your Tools

Before you get stuck into the fun parts of spring gardening, like planting seeds and watching your flowers bloom, it's important to make sure your tools are up to the job.  Blunt tools can damage delicate plants, so take some time to sharpen your secateurs, shears and loppers.  Lawson's stocks a great choice of sharpening tools to get your blades back to their best.

Prepping The Soil

Soil preparation is paramount for a thriving garden.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Test Your Soil

Knowing your soil pH is essential for ensuring your plants thrive.  The pH level of your soil will determine what plants will flourish in your garden and whether you need to take any steps to adjust the acidity or alkalinity of the soil.  

Improve Drainage

If your soil is waterlogged, it can damage the roots of your plants and prevent them from getting the oxygen they need to grow.  If you find that certain areas of your garden tend to get waterlogged after heavy rain, there are steps you can take to improve drainage.  Adding organic matter, such as compost, to the soil can help it to drain more effectively.  Lawson's stocks a wide range of compost and compost bins to help you create your own nutrient-rich compost to add to your soil.  Raised beds are another great option for improving drainage.

Feed The Soil

After a long winter, your soil may be lacking in nutrients.  Apply a general purpose fertiliser to give your plants a nutrient boost as they start to grow.  Lawson's stocks a wide range of fertilisers suitable for all types of plants, so you can be sure to find the perfect one to give your garden a healthy start to the spring season.


Once you have followed the above steps, the next stage in your spring gardening essentials task list is to start planting.

Sow Hardy Seeds

Once the danger of frost has passed, you can start sowing seeds of hardy vegetables, such as peas, beans, carrots and lettuce.  There’s a great selection of vegetable seeds to choose from at Lawsons, so you can get creative and plant a vegetable patch bursting with homegrown goodness.

Plant Summer-Flowering Bulbs

If you want to add a splash of colour to your garden in the later summer months, plant summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies, gladioli and dahlias.  There’s a huge choice available so you can choose your favourites and create a stunning summer display.

Divide perennials: 

If your perennials are overcrowded, you can divide them and plant them out in other areas of your garden. This is a great way to propagate your plants for free and create more blooms in your garden. You’ll need a good garden fork for dividing perennials and maybe some pots and planters so you can pot up any divisions to create new plants.

Don't forget!

So, you’ve carried out all of the essential gardening tasks to help you get our garden ready for the summer season, but don’t sit back and relax quite yet.  There are a couple of things you will need to do on a regular basis to ensure your garden thrives.  

Water Regularly

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, your plants will need to be watered more regularly.  Especially during hot, dry spells, it's important to make sure your plants don't get dehydrated.  Take a look at our wide range of watering cans, hoses and sprinklers to make watering your plants easy.

Weed Little & Often

Regular weeding is essential for keeping your garden looking its best and ensuring your plants get the nutrients they need to thrive.  Weeding little and often is the best approach, as this will prevent weeds from taking over your garden and stealing vital resources from your plants.

As you gear up to tend to your garden, armed with essential tools from Lawsons, remember the basics: tidy up, sharpen your tools, prep the soil, and plant with care. But the work doesn't end there. Keep watering and weeding regularly to ensure your garden thrives. With Lawsons supporting you every step of the way, your garden will be a testament to your care and dedication. Happy gardening!