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Dobbies prepares for rush as green fingered Brits kick off gardening season

22 March, 2016

Easter is officially the start of the gardening season, and Dobbies stores are gearing up for their busiest weekend of the year as customers stock up on plants, compost and lawn care essentials to get gardens in tip top shape for the spring.  

And at Dobbies stores across the UK, there’s plenty of Easter fun in store with Bunny Breakfasts, which will see kids treated to a tasty breakfast, Easter activities and games and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

The most popular job for gardeners over Easter weekend is getting the lawn in shape. Brits really go to town with their grass, with Dobbies predicting a 53% uplift in sales of lawn care essentials. Likewise compost sales are expected to go through the roof with a 71% hike in sales expected.

Richard Egerton, Dobbies plant buyer said: “One of the warmest winters since records began, followed by a cold snap has meant gardens are completely out of sync. Easter weekend is the perfect time to gently start getting the garden in order by focussing on the basics like the lawn. Friday’s likely to see the best weather for gardeners. We always see a huge rush as people take some time away from work and are inspired to get out into the garden. Not only does the fresh air do us the world of good it also gives us a head start in getting our garden ready for summer.”

Here’s a few tips from Richard on making the most of an Easter gardening stint:

-          As the weather has been so changeable over the last few months, what might be right for one garden isn’t necessary the same for another, so take the lead from your plants. If your spring bulbs came early and are now looking past their best, de-head and introduce some pot bulbs for a second burst of seasonal colour, or in your bedding areas look to plant in pansies and violas.

-          With an earlier than usual Easter weekend, we may not experience the warmer temperatures we’re used to so my top tip would be to focus on your lawn. Lawns are now starting to grow and are ready for their first light cut and feed. It’s important not to cut grass too short for your first mow in case frost hits.

-          For instant colour this Easter, we recommend our pre-planted hanging basket filled with violas or pansies for just £6. These flowering plants will thrive at this time of year and can brighten up your outside space in time for Easter, ideal if you’re having an egg hunt, as pastel yellows and purples are a beautiful seasonal combination.

Picture caption: Hannah Reilly (5) is joined by Easter bunny Gandalf as she checks out some of spring plants set to fly off the shelves at Dobbies this Easter weekend.

 

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Dobbies prepares for rush as green fingered Brits kick off gardening season