Lets sharpen up our act and get out into the garden! As the days lengthen the urge to sow seeds gets stronger although the soil is still too wet and cold. But if we sharpen up our tools there are other gardening jobs we can be getting on with.
- Sharpen Spades - a sharp spade will make digging a hole, large enough to plant fruit bushes or fruit trees, much easier. It is not too late to plant raspberries.
- Sharpen hoes - removing weeds now will save time later. Use the hoe to reach out from the path; don’t tread on the soil while it is wet as the pressure will compact the soil and spoil the structure. Weed roots can get stronger and spread if left in the soil, so pull them out before they become more difficult to remove.
- Sharpen pruners – to give a cleaner cut. Ragged edges left on plants are more likely to become diseased. Free-standing fruit trees should be pruned now by removing any dead, dying and diseased branches. Ties also need attending to!
- Sharpen lawn mowers – it’s a bit too early to start on spring lawn care yet, & too soon to mow the lawn. But it is worth taking the mower in to get the blades sharpened, so that it will be ready to start when the moment comes.
A few days in the garden, planting fruit, removing weeds or getting the lawn mower ready for action, will sharpen up our act!