Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to get ahead with the gardening and make sure it will be ready for entertaining when summer arrives. Whether you have a large garden with a lawn and various plant beds or an outdoor area which consists of decking or flagging, there are always jobs to do to. Here are some top garden maintenance tips for homeowners who like to stay one step ahead.
If you have beds for plants and/or a lawn, now is the time to start weeding before they get a hold and take over your garden. In spring, invasive weed seedlings become established so it’s best to ‘nip them in the bud’ straight away. This will make things a lot easier in summer and you’ll be thankful you started early.
Evaluate the Lawn
If you do have any real grass in your garden, now is the time to assess the damage of winter. Are there any poor patches that need re-sewing? Weeds that need pulling out? You may also need to regularly rake your lawn at this time of year to get rid of dead blossom. You may want to start feeding your lawn during spring so it looks healthy for summer.
Tidy the Patio
During summer, most time spent in the garden (excluding gardening itself) will be on the patio. Whether you’re catching some rays, reading the paper over breakfast or hosting a BBQ, the patio gets the most action – so it’s important that it’s in premium condition. Jet wash the flags, spruce up the furniture if it needs a lick of paint. You can also start planting potted plants to add around the garden patio which will add colour.
Clean the BBQ
If your BBQ has been left out in all weathers for the past few months, it will need a good clean before its first use of the summer. Get it out of the way now, and it’s one less job to get done during the summer season.
Clear out the Shed
The lawnmower is shoved to the back, the rake is nowhere to be seen; the story of most sheds. You might not have even ventured into the shed during winter, so now is the time to organise it. Remove everything and place them back in a sensible order, leaving things you’ll need regularly over the summer towards the front within easy reach. You’ll be much more productive in the garden if you have all your tools to hand.
Once all the jobs are completed you can relax and enjoy your garden – hopefully with some sunshine.