Monthly Garden Tips & Advice

Month-by-Month Garden Guide

Keeping on top of your garden can be a challenging job for some and if it’s not carefully planned out and cared for, your garden can easily be overwhelmed. Whether it’s keeping your plants safe through the harsh months of winter or making sure they have enough nutrients and minerals in the spring and summer, this monthly garden planner should help make sure your garden is in the best shape all through the calendar year.

Alsoils+ has been servicing domestic and trade customers for over 35 years with the highest quality garden supplies, leaving you safe in the knowledge that we can help you decide on what to do in the garden whatever month you’re in. We have also created specific guides for vegetable patches, garden lawns and flower beds so that you know what to do to ensure the health of your pride and joy.

What to do in the Garden in Winter

During the winter months of December, January and February, many plants and flowers are dormant, meaning there’s less weeding and watering to be done in your garden. Some of the jobs that need to be done in winter can be interchangeable
month to month, so you can take the below as a rough guide. If you’re still looking for jobs to do in Winter, then there are normally fences to fix, wildlife shelters to build and compost bins to maintain.

December

December can be a difficult month to navigate when it comes to gardening as the weather can be harsh on your shrubbery, but there are things you can do in December.

Flowers

Bring plants indoors or into a greenhouse

Prune roses

Keep snow off flowers and plants

Look for diseases and fungal growth

Fruit and Vegetables

Place straw around the base of root vegetables

Prune large fruit trees

Start to plan next year’s crops

Place netting over winter vegetables

Garden Maintenance

Bring watering equipment inside or cover it up

Rake and scoop fallen leaves from autumn

Order well-rotted manure or mushroom compost

Repair fences and sheds

January

Still in the height of winter, January is very similar to December but it does offer a chance to prepare for the transition into spring.

Flowers

Start to order organic manure

Purchase seeds and bulbs

Plant bare-root roses, shrubs and hedges

Remove snow from flowers and plants

Fruit and Vegetables

Prepare the ground for early crops

Clear old crops and weeds

Plan the year’s crop rotation

Harvest winter vegetables

Garden Maintenance

Brush snow off shed roofs and other garden structures

Feed wildlife and birds

Order well-rotted manure or mushroom compost

Start to order mulch and chippings

February

Slowly transitioning into spring is a welcome sight for gardeners across the UK and February marks the beginning of a busy few months ahead.

Flowers

Prune late-summer flowering plants

Transplant deciduous shrubs whilst they are dormant

Place organic manure on flower beds

Sow early seeds

Fruit and Vegetables

Chit potatoes

Place well-rotted manure on vegetable patches

Protect blossom on top and soft fruit

Remove overwintering snails

Garden Maintenance

Build a raised bed

Clean and service garden equipment

Firm back down loosened plants

General repairs and fixes

Winter Garden Supplies

We are able to offer those on the south coast of the UK a range of products suitable for the winter months.

What to do in the Garden in Spring

The busiest period of the year is upon us and this is when you start to see the rewards of your hard work throughout the year. Spring is the time of year that the temperature starts to increase, wildlife is teaming and flowers bloom into their full form. Some of the jobs that need to be done in spring can be interchangeable month to month, so you can take the below as a rough guide.

March

March is the first month of spring, and gardens are alive with the colour of spring flowers and plants. The weather can still be unpredictable, so some jobs may be left to do in April.

Flowers

Finish pruning roses

Continue deadheading spring flowers

Place topsoil in flower beds and borders

Top dress flower beds with mulch

Fruit and Vegetables

Plant shallots and onions

Plant early potatoes

Sow tomatoes, chillies and sweet peppers

Start hoeing vegetable patches

Garden Maintenance

Protect new shoots from slugs

Start mowing garden lawns

Level out your uneven lawn

Create and repair pathways

April

April is when the weather starts to take a turn for the better and you can plan your to-do list a bit better.

Flowers

Place topsoil in flower beds and borders

Plant early-blooming flowers

Keep bedding plants frost free

Prune late-blooming flowers and shrubs

Fruit and Vegetables

Plant second-early and maincrop potatoes

Replant hardy herbs

Sow easy salad leaves and rocket

Sow fast-growing crops

Garden Maintenance

Lay new turf

Hoe between rows of vegetable seedlings

Remove weeds and moss

Look out for clusters of aphids on new shoots

May

May is the month of days getting warmer and longer. Summer is on its way and it’s time to tidy up your garden ready for the better weather!

Flowers

Prune spring shrubs

Plant up hanging baskets

Pinch out the shoot tips of bedding plants

Top dress flower beds with mulch

Fruit and Vegetables

Earth up potatoes

Sow batches of salad leaves

Remove all strawberry runners

Plant a range of beans and other root vegetables

Garden Maintenance

Apply nitrogen-rich summer lawn feed and topsoil

Hoe bare soil and hand-weed beds weekly

Start to increase the frequency of mowing your lawn

General repairs and fixes

Spring Garden Supplies

We are able to offer those on the south coast of the UK a range of products suitable for the spring months.

What to do in the Garden in Summer

Early summer is a busy time for gardeners up and down the country. The weather is now significantly warmer and plantings are filling in and looking plush.
For the average gardener, the emphasis has shifted from planting to maintaining as a dry spell can ruin your hard work in the previous months.

June

June marks the longest daylight month of the year, with extra sunlight and warmer temperatures setting the tone for the coming months.

Flowers

Place hanging baskets in final positions

Regularly water flower beds

Weed flower beds and borders

Place topsoil in flower beds and borders

Fruit and Vegetables

Plant out sweetcorn

Water vegetable patches frequently

Harvest berries

Harvest salad crops

Garden Maintenance

Regularly mow your lawn

Weed and keep your turf healthy

Water your garden lawn

Create sharp edges on your lawn

July

July is frequently the hottest month of the year and marks a great time to sit out in the garden and reap the rewards.

Flowers

Deadhead bedding plants

Plant autumn bulbs

Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants

Regularly water flower beds

Fruit and Vegetables

Water vegetable patches frequently

Harvest salad crops

Harvest beans

Apply general-purpose fertiliser

Garden Maintenance

Weed and keep your turf healthy

Try and use water butts instead of the mains

Keep an eye out for aphids and other bugs

Regularly mow your lawn

August

August is the last official month of summer and it’s the perfect time to enjoy your garden while it’s still in peak condition.

Flowers

Regularly water flower beds and containers

Dead-head annual bedding plants

Cut back herbs

Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they’ve finished flowering

Fruit and Vegetables

Harvest carrots and beetroot

Continue to harvest second early potatoes

Harvest sweetcorn and courgettes

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic

Garden Maintenance

Water your garden lawn

Trim hedges and bushes

Clear weeds from cracks in paving and driveways

Prepare soil for levelling a lawn or laying turf

Summer Garden Supplies

We are able to offer those on the south coast of the UK a range of products suitable for the summer months.

What to do in the Garden in Autumn

Autumn presents the perfect opportunity to get rid of dead vegetation left over from the warmer summer months, tidy your borders, clear out your gutters, and much more.
The next 3 months are all about picking up and packing down before the arrival of colder months.

September

September is still warm, but the tide will turn come the end of the month. Harvesting crops will keep gardeners busy for the majority of this month.

Flowers

Feed and deadhead hanging baskets and containers

Prune any late-summer flowering shrubs

Bring any houseplants that you moved outside over summer back indoors

Plant spring bulbs in pots and borders

Fruit and Vegetables

Sow hardy greens for winter harvesting

Cut away any leaves covering the fruits of pumpkins, squash and marrows

Harvest apples and pears

Dig up the remaining potatoes

Garden Maintenance

Rake thatch from garden lawns

Collect fallen leaves

Check roses for signs of fungal diseases

Clean out water butts

October

October is when nights get darker and the temperature starts to drop, but there’s still plenty to do in the garden.

Flowers

Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs

Clear up fallen rose leaves

Clear overhanging plants and shrubs from pathways

After tidying borders, mulch with bark chips and well-rotted manure

Fruit and Vegetables

Finish harvesting peas and beans

Harvest pumpkins and squashes before the first frosts

Divide large clumps of herbs and replant

Clear away old crops,

Garden Maintenance

Collect fallen leaves

Apply an autumn lawn feed

Go on regular snail hunts

Fork up perennial weeds

November

Winter is fast approaching and the weather is taking a turn for the worse. Plants and gardens need protecting in November as they may be susceptible to frost.

Flowers

Plant tulip bulbs

Mix organic manure into flower beds

Bring plants indoors

Top dress flower beds with mulch

Fruit and Vegetables

Plant garlic, shallots and onions

Tidy up strawberry beds

Spread well-rotted manure across the surface of your vegetable beds

Check stored potatoes and remove any that are rotting

Garden Maintenance

Clean and maintain your greenhouse

Be careful not to overwater plants as the winter approaches

Collect fallen leaves

Continue to mow the lawn in mild spells

Autumn Garden Supplies

We are able to offer those on the south coast of the UK a range of products suitable for the autumn months.

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