02 Mar 2023

Preparing your lawn for Spring

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the season. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a newbie to lawn care, there are some key steps you can take to ensure that your lawn is healthy and beautiful throughout the spring and summer. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most important things to keep in mind as you get ready to prepare your lawn for spring.


1. Clean Up Your Lawn

The first step in preparing your lawn for spring is to clean it up. This means removing any debris, such as fallen leaves, branches, or twigs, that may have accumulated over the winter. Raking your lawn thoroughly can help you get rid of this debris and can also help loosen up any dead grass or thatch that may have accumulated.


2. Aerate Your Lawn

Once you’ve cleaned up your lawn, it’s time to aerate it. Aeration is the process of creating small holes in your lawn to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil. This can help your lawn grow healthier and more robust by promoting root growth and reducing soil compaction. You can use a manual or powered aerator to accomplish this task, depending on the size of your lawn.


3. Apply Fertilizer

Next, it’s time to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizer is a crucial component of lawn care, as it provides essential nutrients to your grass that it needs to grow and thrive. There are many different types of fertilizers available, so it’s important to choose one that’s right for your lawn. Be sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions for application.


4. Seed Bare Spots

If you have any bare spots in your lawn, now is the time to seed them. Bare spots can be caused by a variety of factors, including heavy foot traffic, pet damage, or disease. Seeding these areas can help your lawn grow back healthier and more evenly. Be sure to choose a seed mix that’s appropriate for your lawn’s needs, and follow the instructions for application carefully.


5. Water Your Lawn

Finally, it’s time to water your lawn. During the spring, your lawn will need regular watering to help it grow and thrive. Be sure to water your lawn deeply, rather than just giving it a light sprinkle. This will help encourage deep root growth and make your lawn more drought-resistant in the long run. Consider investing in a sprinkler system or using a hose and sprinkler attachment to make watering your lawn more manageable.


In conclusion, preparing your lawn for spring can take a bit of effort, but it’s well worth it. By following these steps, you can help ensure that your lawn is healthy, vibrant, and beautiful throughout the spring and summer months. Remember to stay consistent with your lawn care routine and to stay alert for any signs of problems or issues that may arise. With a little bit of care and attention, your lawn can be the envy of the neighbourhood in no time!

14 Jan 2023

Seed potatoes, onions, garlic now in


With rising food costs, you may be thinking of growing some of your food yourself this year. If this includes potatoes, onions or garlic now is a great time to buy your seed potatoes/onion sets/garlic cloves to plant and grow.

This season’s stock arrived the beginning of January, so come in as soon as you can for the best choice of varieties and quantities

12 Nov 2022

Home Composting

guide to home composting with earlswood garden centre guernsey

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as opening up your home composting bin or heap and finding some beautiful deep brown rich compost at its heart. At a time when climate change is coming more and more to the fore, there is no doubt that making your own compost is one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do in your garden, and not only this, but it helps your garden to improve to boot! What’s not to like?

12 Sep 2022

September Gardening Jobs

gardening jobs and tips for september from earlswood garden centre guernsey

Our September gardening tips and jobs mark the start of meteorological autumn;  the soil is still warm, and perhaps a little more moist, making it a good time to plant some Spring flowering bulbs. Day lengths start to markedly shorten this month, so growth rates slow, and time in the garden becomes a little more limited.

16 Jan 2022

houseplants@earlswood update!

houseplant area outside our cafe at earlswood guernsey

We’ve just finished an update for 2022 of our “houseplants@earlswood” area just outside our cafe! New plants, new pots, new accessories – available now. 

17 Dec 2020

Growing Potatoes, Garlic & Onions

Ever considered growing potatoes, garlic, onions or shallots? You can buy everything you need to get started at Earlswood now.

Seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots and garlic now available!

Read on for our guide to growing potatoes, onions and garlic – how to plant and care for these so that you can enjoy some delicious home grown vegetables in a few months time!

23 Nov 2020

Real Christmas Tree Care

At Earlswood we only sell top grade real cut and potted Christmas trees which we are confident can last well throughout the season. A cut tree is essentially like a bunch of cut flowers – in order to get the best from your tree and ensure it lasts well, follow our simple tips for real Christmas tree care and it will do you proud!

26 Sep 2020

Lawn Care In Autumn

looking after your lawn in autumn at Earlswood Garden Centre Guernsey

After a long summer of dry periods and intense sun, your lawn may be looking a little tired. Autumn (September/October) is an ideal time to do some lawn care to get it ready for Winter whilst the soil is still warm, and there’s more rain around.

Read on to find out step by step how autumn lawn care will get your lawn in great shape for Winter and ready for some lush new growth next Spring!

26 Aug 2020

Phalaenopsis Orchids

phalaenopsis orchids in houseplants at earlswood garden centre

Phalaenopsis orchids, or “moth orchids” are the most common type of orchids grown in homes. It’s easy to see why – once you’re used to caring for them, they can provide years of pleasure with repeated blooming of elegant flowers that can last for months at a time.

In this blog, I’ll tell you more about them and share what I’ve learnt from my own experience about how to get the best from them.

09 Aug 2020

Vanda Orchids


SInce the launch of our larger houseplant area outside our cafe entrance, we’ve been looking for some more unusual plants to showcase and sell. I absolutely love orchids, and one of the most impressive and interesting types we stock are Vanda orchids.

In this blog, i’ll tell you more about them – how vanda orchids grow and orchid care tips if you buy one for your home. As is often the case with orchids, after an initial investment to buy them and time to learn how to care for them, vanda orchids can go on providing great value through months of beautiful blooms year after year.