Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about giving your garden a good clean in preparation for the warm weather. A little bit of work now will pay dividends throughout the growing season, so here at North Valley Composites, we’ve put together a few key spring cleaning jobs you can do in your garden to ensure a healthy and beautiful outdoor space, as we head into the season of new beginnings! Clear away debris The first step in spring cleaning your garden is to clear out any debris that has accumulated over the winter. This includes fallen leaves, dead plants, and any other organic matter that may be cluttering up your garden beds or your gutter. After clearing away the debris, it’s time to tidy up your garden beds. Remove any weeds, deadhead spent flowers, and trim back any overgrown plants. This will help to ensure your garden is prepared for all the growth it’ll experience during the warmer weather. Prune dead branches Winter can be tough on trees and shrubs, and you may find that some branches within your garden didn’t make it through the chillier months of the year. So, break our the handheld pruner, and start to remove any dead or damaged branches to promote healthy growth and prevent disease from spreading through your foliage. What’s more, rotten plants have a tendency to ruin the aesthetic of your garden, so if you want to kick off your Spring with a fresh looking garden aesthetic, then dispose of any dead or decomposing flower heads, leaves or branches. Compost your plants If you’ve been collecting biodegradable waste in a compost bin over the winter, now is the time to utilise all that lovely muck. Spring is the perfect time to add compost to your garden beds, as it will help improve soil health and fertility, giving your plants the nutrients they need to thrive. As and extra tip – adding a layer of mulch to your garden beds will help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. To do this, apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of plants using a handheld spade, taking care not to cover the stems or trunks. Give your fence a clean Any dried-on dirt and muck can usually be cleaned off using that time-honoured combination of a soft brush or scouring pad and some soapy water. Simply wet your fencing panels and rub this off and leave it to dry naturally. Don’t apply too much pressure with a scouring pad though as you might scratch the finish, which isn’t easily fixed! What’s more, if you notice any scratches or rough patches on your fence, you may want to lightly sand these following the wood grain, using very fine sandpaper. However, this needs to be done lightly and carefully as too much pressure can spoil the finish. So, those are our top picks for the garden spring cleaning jobs worth doing now before the warm weather starts! And, if you’re looking to add a fresh new look aesthetic to your garden in time for barbecue season, our reliable composite fencing panels are the perfect option for you! Our composite fencing is the low-maintenance option that can keep your space looking at its very best for a decade or more. What’s more, we provide composite fencing in a variety of different colours like Golden Oak, Driftwood, and Black Ash. And if you need any help narrowing down your options, that’s what we’re here for. If you’ve got any questions or need any advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01282 677300 to talk to a friendly member of our team, and we’ll be only too happy to see how we can help.