Warren Kirkland of Cheshire Landscaping firm Wilmslow Driveway and Patio Design shares his top Spring gardening tips

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With almost thirty years experience in landscape gardening Managing Director, Warren Kirkland of Cheshire Landscaping firm Wilmslow Driveway and Patio Design shares his favourite Spring gardening tips.

Early spring is a great time to be in the garden and there are many things you can do to make sure everything begins to look fantastic when the warmer weather arrives

Warren established Cheshire landscape gardeners, Wilmslow Driveway and Patio Design way back in 1985.

Working for the majority of his time in the Cheshire area (mainly in Wilmslow) Warren's business soon grew and it wasn't long before he decided to employ staff.

The Cheshire landscaping business now has a dedicated team of twenty. "‘I now work mainly as the head landscape gardener and spend most of my time meeting clients and discussing their requirements." said Warren "I still love the feel of soil and do like to get my hands dirty now and again." added Cheshire landscape designer, Warren.

"Early spring is a fantastic time to be in the garden and there lots of things you can do to make sure everything looks stunning for when the warmer weather arrives" advised Wilmslow landscaping business owner, Warren.

"I'd like to share my top Spring gardening tips so both budding and experienced gardeners can benefit from my experience, a garden in full bloom still makes me smile. The sense of achievement after spending a full day gardening and sitting back to admire your efforts is still one of my favourite feelings." beamed Cheshire driveway design specialist, Warren.

His favourite tips are:

1. Save water
Install water collecting facilities, you can buy these fairly cheaply - just search online or if budget isn't an issue you can really go to town. Unusual for the UK but some areas can suffer droughts and the dreaded hose pipe ban may not be that far away! This can also be a brilliant way of saving money (if your water is metered). Take advantage of the inevitable Spring rain fall and your garden will benefit from using rainwater, as it should be additive free.

2. Get your greenhouse ready
Time to get wet! Clean your greenhouse with a jet wash (on a very low pressure setting) or use good old fashioned 'elbow grease' and clean the glass with a sturdy cloth. It's really important to use disinfectant as this will kill any pests or diseases which have survived the Winter. Remember to use gloves to protect your skin and if using a jet wash safety goggles are a good idea. Clean the floor and any trays or pots you intend to use for seeds or seedlings. Once you've done this leave it to dry for a few days and open any windows or vents. It's important that before adding any plants to check your greenhouse is bone dry. If you add them when your greenhouse is still damp you could damage your plants.

3. Make your own compost
You can buy a plastic compost making bin or make your own from treated timber. Everything can go in here, grass from your mower, teabags, left over salad and vegetables - virtually anything organic. Make sure you have a good mix of organic matter and every month turn your compost with a garden fork. Later in the year use the most rotted compost at the bottom of the pile to improve the quality of your soil.

4. Tidy lawns and beds
Remove leaves, twigs and anything else which may have found its way in to your flower beds and borders over Winter. If the weather is warm enough and your soil isn't frozen now is a good time to add compost or manure. Do this before planting, add a thin layer of well rotted compost or add some good quality manure. Dig this in well and remove any weeds or stones at the same time.

5. Bulbs and seeds
Early Spring is prime time to plant bulbs and sow seeds for plants which flower in Summer. Think about what colours and mixes of blooms you would like, draw a plan and plant your bulbs and seeds accordingly. Check the packet's planting instructions (if you are planting seeds) to be certain they are resistant to frost as ground frosts may kill vulnerable seeds.

6. Get rid off the beasties
Search your garden thoroughly for plant eating pests such as slugs and snails. Doing this now will make sure there aren't as many in the Summer and make this essential task much easier. Look in the heads of plants and under rocks and pots. If you have pots without anything in, empty the soil and check for any unwanted insects if the soil is infested, replace with new. Don't put this soil in your compost heap as you could ruin all your composting efforts.

7. Garden tools
Wash your tools and if they need sharpening, do it now. Once they've been sharpened, clean them again with disinfectant so any diseases which may be living on them are destroyed.

"I hope my tips can inspire people to take up gardening, it's a wonderful way to connect with nature and create something all your family can enjoy" said Cheshire Landscape Designer, Warren.

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