What gardening jobs can you fit into a bank holiday weekend?

Use the extra day that comes along with a bank holiday to get more done in your garden. We show you what can be done, whatever the time of year.

What gardening jobs can you fit into a bank holiday weekend?

You’d be surprised at how much more you can get done in your garden with just that one or two extra days a bank holiday gives you. Depending on the time of year, we give you some suggestions on what you can really get into when the bank holiday rolls around.

Spring bank holidays

The busiest time of the calendar year for any gardener, there are plenty of gardening jobs to be undertaking in spring

Summer bank holidays

The height of the growing season, summer is still a busy time of year for every gardener. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself busy in the garden over a summer bank holiday:

  • Mow the lawn. It’s an obvious one we know, but it will no doubt need to be done. Before you get out your battery lawn mower, think if you’d like to use your grass clippings for mulching or collect the clippings by attaching the collection box.
  • Carry out some lawn care and maintenance. This is especially true if the bank holiday happens to fall during a summer heatwave.
  • Keep hedges under control and trim them back using a hedge trimmer.
  • Cut back any areas overgrown with weeds and other unwanted plants like nettles and brambles. Grassy weeds can be tackled with a grass trimmer or lawn mower, however tougher plants like brambles are best being cut back with a brush cutter.
  • Harvest summer fruits like raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries.

Autumn bank holidays

Autumn is all about tidying up your garden and preparing it for the winter months so diseases don’t crop up come the following growing season. Here’s what to do in the garden during an autumn bank holiday:

Carrying out a final mow on your lawn with a lawn mower, and then giving it a thorough clean before you put it away for the winter.

  • Removing fallen leaves from your garden and pathways with a leaf blower.
  • Turning over your garden beds so they are broken down by frost over the winter.
  • Harvest autumn fruit like apples, pears and blackberries.
  • Now is the earliest time you can start pruning your trees and shrubs using either a pole saw or chainsaw. Any that still have fruit on should be left until the last of the fruit has been harvested. Make sure to put the pruned wood to good use around the garden.
  • Sow seeds that are native and well adapted to colder climates. These include foxgloves, yarrow and cabbage.
  • Plant strawberry runners to give them a good start come spring.

Winter bank holidays

During the dormant season, there is not much to do in the garden itself, however there is still a lot of maintenance and preparation jobs to be done:

  • Maintenance of any tools you plan to use in spring like a battery hedge trimmer, cordless lawn mower, cultivator, battery leaf blower, EGO Rotocutgrass trimmer or brush cutter and battery chainsaw.
  • Pruning your trees and shrubs back with either a pole saw or chainsaw to encourage vigorous growth in spring.
  • Towards the end of winter, sow seeds in readiness for growth in the spring.
  • Plant garlic bulbs - the traditional date to do this is Boxing Day. However, planting your garlic a few weeks either side of this date is no issue either.