It’s spring – what better time to be out and about in the garden?

Sowing, planting, and cleaning! There’s not a moment to lose. Scroll to read our main tips and advice for spring gardening, and how best to care for your greenery and wildlife.

You can also call us at 01608 651757 for help on what your garden needs, or which products to buy.

Do visit our store so you can keep your garden cared for during this important growth season.

Plant Care

We’re eager to help you get gardening, whether you’re the newest beginner or a regular green thumb.

Not only does Fosseway carry an array of plant care products, but our friendly staff is always ready to give advice or help you find what you need.

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Fertilisers, weedkiller and more…

Whether it’s fertiliser or weedkiller you’re after, Fosseway stocks a variety of products to help you best look after the health of your plants and flowers. We also carry environmentally friendly lines of both fertiliser and weedkiller – pop in to have a better lok at our different kinds.

Unsure what’s plaguing your plants? Call us at 01608 651757 for advice.

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Get garden-ready with Fosseway

Looking for secateurs, loppers, or a new trowel? Fosseway stocks a range of high-quality gardening tools for all purposes, as well as containers and watering cans.

If you are in need of gear for larger scale work, see our Garden Machinery page.We also have multiple brands of stylish and practical gardening gloves, kneelers, Wellington boots, and more, so that you can garden safely in all types of weather.

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Landscaping

We’d love to help you with any large-scale gardening projects that you’re thinking about. Below are some tips for landscaping in the spring.

Garden Machinery at Fosseway Garden Centre

Lawncare

  • Mow lawn once a fortnight, though you may need to increase it to once a week towards summer/end of spring. See Garden Machinery for mowing options.
  • Turf can still be laid, provided the soil is not too wet or frozen. Buy soil and seed/turf when needed at Fosseway.
  • Apply a high nitrogen spring/summer lawn fertiliser to encourage strong growth (late March)
  • Use selective lawn weedkillers if weeds are beginning to grow. If moss is a problem, choose a combined fertiliser and mosskiller when feeding the lawn.
Hozelock Sprinkler in summer on lawn

Ponds

  • You can start to remove netting coverings that were placed over the pond in autumn.
  • Replace pumps, water features, and lighting systems if needed – see Fosseway’s selection of features.
  • Check for algae. You can remove it manually, or with a blanketweed chemical remover – our popular PondClear™ will do the trick.
Garden Care
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Structures 

  • Clear out sheds and garden equipment. Give watering cans a good scrub out to prevent fungal disease, or replace them – visit Fosseway to see our tools and equipment.
  • In dry spells, you can treat timber structures with wood preservative and stain. Only do this in a well-ventilated space, to reduce the risks to your lungs and eyes.
  • Take action to remove algae from paths if they start to become slippery.
  • Continue with hard landscaping if the ground is firm. Try and finish projects early in the month, to free time and space for much needed maintenance and planting as the spring begins.
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Secateurs pruning plant

Woody Waste

  • Spring pruning and trimming will result in branches and debris which you can collect to deposit on borders and under hedges or add them to the compost heap.
  • Unprocessed heavier timbers can be cut into lengths and stacked – Fosseway stocks a selection of garden machinery and tools which will make light work of your heavy lifting. Woody waste also makes excellent, long-lasting mulch, though we also supply it.

Garden Wildlife

Song Birds at Fosseway Garden Centre

Birdcare

Garden birds benefit from feeding all year round, and don’t forget to also provide them with water for drinking and bathing. There are around thirty species of birds that are regular garden visitors, although more than a hundred and forty bird species have been sighted in British gardens.

Fosseway carries a wide range of bird care supplies, from C.J. Wildlife bird feeders and houses to our high-in-demand Peckish brand feed, so visit today to ensure your birds are getting what they need.

Hedgehog in summer grass

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are not only cute but are also valuable pest controllers – invite them into your garden with our hedgehog feeds.

Get food at Fosseway today and learn how to make your garden hedgehog-friendly, with our pamphlets that are available for you to take away.

Nature's Feast Hedgehog food

Garden Pests

Pigeons

Wood pigeons can be problematic pests in gardens and allotments. They will peck and tear at leaves, often just leaving the stalks and larger leaf veins behind. Pigeons will attack many plants, especially lilac, brassicas and peas. They also eat fruit, especially cherries and currants, when possible.

Control:

Scaring devices or repellent substances work, but only previde temporary protection. The only certain way of protecting plants, particularly fruit plants, from pigeons is to grow them under netting or in a cage – Fosseway sells stiff black netting and plant guards and cages in our extensive Plant Area, so come get yours today.

Pigeon Pests
Squirrel in spring on top of wooden post

Grey Squirrels

Squirrels can attack a wide range of ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables – particularly at risk are tulip bulbs, crocus corms, sweetcorn, strawberries, apples, pears, nuts, sunflower seed heads, and flower buds of camellias and magnolias. Trees, like sycamore, maples, ash and beech, can be badly damaged or even killed by bark-stripping.

Control:

You can use netting to guard fruits and shrubs against squirrels – we sell wire netting which can be used for structures such as fruit cages, since squirrels can easily bite through plastic. At Fosseway we also sell anti-squirrel bird feeder guards, which do not harm the squirrels but prevent them from eating bird feed.

Rodents

Rats cause damage to foods that we intend to eat, either while it is growing or after it has been harvested and stored. Rats will also take food provided for wild birds, poultry and pets. They are often infected with a bacterial disease that people can catch, and which causes a form of jaundice known as leptospirosis or Weil’s (pronounced ‘Viles’) disease.

Control:

Discourage rats by removing any accessible food sources: make sure bins are sealed. When feeding wildlife such as birds, don’t allow excess food – this will also help reduce the risk of spreading wildlife diseases. You can use rat traps, similar to mouse traps, and bait them foodstuffs like bread, cereal, or chocolate. We also sell anti-rat pellets and other rat-prevention products.

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Get involved with the Royal Horticulture Society

The RHS is a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. They want to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

Click on the images below to find out more.

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RHS National Gardening Week