Winter is starting to melt into Spring, and after months of neglect, we are slowly starting to rediscover our gardens. Post-winter gardening is not exactly glamorous. It involves a lot of raking, clearing, weeding and prep work. But with the right garden tools, these essential tasks can become an enjoyable way to spend a day in the cool February sun. Here are some of the tools and equipment that will help get your garden back in shape after the long winter months.

1. Rakes and brooms

Before you start planning out your post-winter garden, you need to know what you have to work with. A good rake will make short work of any dead leaves or mossy build-up that has grown across your lawn. Meanwhile, a hard-bristled broom will clear your pathways of weeds and debris quickly and easily.

2. Compost

Once you have cleared your garden, treat your soil to a fresh layer of compost or top soil, which will replenish the nutrients in your ground and prepare your garden for new growth. Now is a good time to top up any raised borders you may have, so that you are prepared as Spring progresses.

3. Help for wildlife

As Spring approaches, birds will be searching for new nesting spots, while bees and butterflies will soon be hunting for fresh flowers. It is important to give them all the help you can, by installing bird boxes and setting them up in peaceful spots where they can nest in peace. Construct a bee hotel out of bamboo cuttings and attract butterflies by planting wildflower seeds wherever possible.

4. Plant

Once your garden is looking fresh and clean, with plenty of space for new flora and fauna, it is time to start planting the flowers, fruits and vegetables that you want to see this year. Seed potatoes are easy to grow, and have a fertilising effect on the soil, so plant these in less fertile areas with partial shade. Dahlias, sunflowers and gladioli grow best in full sun, while wildflowers, magnolia, and borage will grow just about anywhere.