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8 - Spring
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  • Prune roses
  • Sow hardy annuals outdoors and half-hardy annuals in a heated propagator in the greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors
  • Tidy borders, weed and mulch with compost or manure
  • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials
Pruning bush rose
  • Start mowing the lawn regularly and apply lawn weed and feed
  • Plant new roses, trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Feed specimen trees, roses, shrubs and hedge and established beds and borders, with a general purpose organic fertilizer
  • Prick out half-hardy annual seedlings or pot them up as necessary
Spring planting
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs after flowering
  • Clip box hedges
  • After the last frost plant out half-hardy annuals in containers and outdoor beds
  • After the last frost plant out dahlias, bring out houseplants and plant any slightly tender shrubs
  • Take cuttings from new growth of shrubs and perennials
Clipping box hedge
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8. The gardening year

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