Clear Drainage Ditches
Leaves and all sorts of debris gather in drainage areas over the winter, so now’s the time to sort them out. Spring seedlings do best in soil that drains well, and this is the easiest time of year for clearing drainage ditches because not much is growing yet.
Put all the cleared material, into the compost if you have one, but if not, put it in your green bin.
Repair Any Raised Bed
Wet winter soil is bound to put a strain on your raised beds, so any bowed or leaning sides should be fixed now. Dig back the soil behind the bowed side and drive in new stakes on the inside of the sideboards with a slight inward lean. Push sideboards up to stakes and fasten well with screws or nails.
Fix Fencing and Trellises
On the same note, any fencing or trellises should be fixed now, with less growth to work around and fewer roots to disturb.
Add a Squeeze of Lime
Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to feel the benefit so ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting anything. It’s best to plan this for a dry spell to prevent run off and avoid “quick limes” that might damage your planting.
Any weeds appearing in your garden beds will be easiest to pull now, when the roots are shallow.
Prune Your (not so) Greenery
Once new growth begins, it becomes difficult to prune greenery without damaging the plant. New growth will quickly replace the culled foliage.