If you find yourself asking where the last few months have gone, then you’re not alone. How did the summer come around so fast when January doesn’t seem that long ago! Finally, some warmer weather is on the horizon, and the last of the frosts should now be over. Unless you’ve been paying your garden plenty of TLC over the colder months, you might just have some serious work to do. It can be daunting knowing where to start, but here are some handy tips to get your garden whipped into shape for summer.
Time to tidy up!
Grab a brush and get busy! Tidying up may not be the most fun job in the world but it has to be done. Clear all the dead leaves and throw away any rubbish that may have blown into your garden. Sweep paths and patios and have a general tidy up. Give them a good scrub or a hose own to get rid of dirt and any discolouration which has built up. If you’ve got any broken slabs or tiles, then the experts at Richard Williams, a builders merchant in North Wales, recommend you get these fixed as soon as possible to avoid potential slips, trips or falls. After all, you can’t put a price on safety. It is surprising how much of a difference these few simple steps make, and it gives you a great point to start making your garden into a calm, relaxing space for you to enjoy all summer long.
Treat your Turf
How’s your lawn looking? If your grass isn’t looking so great, you can usually fix it up without too much fuss. Cut your grass, but not too short, and give it a rake over. Remove dead grass, leaves and moss. If things are left looking a little patchy when giving the ground a good rake over, scatter some seed around and cover with a light dusting of soil. You can find fast-growing varieties that are perfect for this purpose in most garden centres. Make sure it’s well-watered if it looks like there is going to be a few days of rain then that’s the perfect time to do it.
Water – the elixir of life
Talking of water, it’s one of the most vital things your garden needs, especially during hotter weather, so be sure not to waste it. Make the most of the unpredictable weather and make full use of a water butt. Use sloping roofs and a downward pipe to collect as much rainwater as you can. A water butt isn’t difficult to install at all.
There’s no point having a gorgeous garden if you don’t actually spend any time in it. Not only do you get to enjoy the fruit of your efforts it’s always nice to spend time outdoors in the sunshine.
Don’t forget your furniture. If it’s been left outside exposed to the elements of winter then it may need a lick of paint to spruce it up. You can save yourself some considerable cash by investing some time in doing a little bit of DIY.
Beautiful borders and beds
Beds and borders looking nowhere near their best? Get weeding and pull out any dead plants from the previous year. Prepare the ground by digging in some fertiliser or compost so you’ll be able to enjoy a colourful display long into the summer months. Take a trip to a garden centre or find a local plant sale – they are a great way of grabbing some bargains. Choose hardy annuals and colourful bedding plants to make your outdoor space blooming beautiful. If you’re using any weedkiller or pesticides, make sure you read the safety warnings – some can be very harmful to children, pets, or even other plants, so always check that you’re using the right product for you and your garden!
Fix your fences
Wet, cold and windy weather may have taken its toll on your garden in more ways than one. Check your fences for any obvious damage like cracks, breaks, and bowing. If you take the time to replace loose fence panels now you can avoid further damage and even potential injury down the line. It’s always best to tackle these little jobs as soon as they occur. After all, they aren’t going to fix themselves! Again, it’s not that difficult. You can find easy instructions on how to do it online. Richard Williams, who boast one of the best ranges of fencing supplies in North Wales, say that as the DIY boom continues, more people are opting to do these sorts of jobs without calling in the professionals.
Following these few easy steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your garden all year round. Let’s hope there is lots of sunshine this year so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour!