Spring is the perfect time to start preparing your garden for the spring! Whether you're an experienced gardener or just starting out, there are a few things you can do to get your garden ready for spring, and that includes giving a bit of TLC to your Indian sandstone paving slabs. So, here at Bridge Street Stone, we’ve outlined a few tips and tricks to help you get your garden ready for more usage during the spring and into the summer!
Clean up your garden beds
Start by cleaning up your garden beds. You can do this removing any dead leaves, twigs, and debris that have accumulated in your garden over the winter. That can really help to improve the soil's health and prevent pests and diseases from spreading throughout your plants. What’s more, debris can look really unattractive aesthetically in your garden, taking away from the beauty of your gardening work. As an added point, debris can make it difficult for you to perform simple gardening tasks like mowing the lawn and planting flowers in your garden bed – all of which makes it well worth it to tackle those beds!
Prepare your soil
Once you’ve cleared away the debris from your garden, then it’s time to prepare your soil for planting. Start by testing the soil's pH level to determine if it's too acidic or alkaline using a testing kit. Most plants prefer a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0, so if you need to, then you can just adjust the pH level by adding lime to raise the pH or sulphur to lower it. Next, add compost or organic matter to your soil, as this will help to improve its fertility and texture. For the best result, we’d recommend working the compost into the soil using a garden fork or tiller to ensure that it’s mixed evenly throughout your garden bed.
Plant new seeds and mulchSpring is the perfect time to plant new seeds and bulbs. Some popular options for spring include daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. What’s more, be sure to follow the instructions on the seed packet or bulb package for the best results. Finally, mulch your garden beds. This will help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and regulate the soil temperature. Apply a layer of mulch that's 2-3 inches thick, making sure to keep it away from the stems of plants.
Spruce up your paving slabs
Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to give your Indian sandstone paving a new lease of life. What better way to do this than by giving it a good clean? Now, our sandstone paving is more than strong enough to withstand the elements in our ever-unpredictable British climate. But while you won’t have to worry about its structural integrity, if you want to keep your beautiful stone patio looking at its very best, sometimes a bit of minor upkeep is required. A good brush and a power wash can do a world of good, but if you’d like a more in-depth guide, you can check out our blog on how to clean your Indian stone patio.
Following these simple steps will put you well on your way to a beautiful and bountiful garden this spring! And if you’re yet to add some Indian sandstone paving to your space, then now is the time. Here at Bridge Street Stone, we supply both riven sandstone and sawn sandstone in a wide variety of colours, including Kota Black, Kandla Grey, Autumn Brown and Golden Leaf. Our Indian sandstone is imported straight from ethically operated quarries in India, so if you’re looking to give your patio the perfect upgrade, feel free to give us a call today on 01282 860571 - we’re happy to help!