It might still be freezing outside, but spring will soon be here. With the long winter days finally coming to an end, you can start to look at getting your garden summer-ready to make the most of what we all hope will be glorious sunshine this year.
Post-winter, your garden can look a little frightful, particularly if the frost and ice haven’t been kind to your plants. With some months to go until summer, now is the perfect time to get your garden looking beautiful again.
Take a look at seven things you can do now to get your garden ready for summer.
1. Clear out all the debris
If you haven’t used your garden much during recent months, you might find that there is a lot of mess out there thanks to the wind and a lack of TLC. Get started on your garden by clearing out the mess and debris that have littered it; it will instantly look better. If you have any unwanted garden items, now is the time to get rid of them and make sure you get rid of any broken pots or ornaments that could be hazardous to animals and kids.
2. Start weeding
Some people find weeding therapeutic; others find it a chore. No matter what your feelings are about it, it’s one of those jobs that has to be done to get your garden looking at its best. There are some useful tips on controlling weeds that you can follow to help make it easier to get rid of your existing weeds, while also preventing them from coming back.
3. Get your lawn back to its former glory
The winter can be a damaging time for your lawn. The harsh weather can leave it looking patchy rather than lush, which doesn’t make for the most inviting ground to walk on. If you start getting your grass in order now, come mid-spring, it will be restored to health and look beautiful and green. Pick up some grass seeds and get planting to help get your lawn back in excellent shape. Remember to trim your lawn regularly to help keep it looking pristine, taking advantage of any dry spells that we might get over the coming months.
4. Repaint your fence
Painting your fence is another one of those tasks that people tend to put off. But why put off until tomorrow when you can do today? When you’ve got some free time and a dry spell, take the opportunity to paint your fence. This handy tutorial on how to paint your fence is ideal for showing you the best technique to make fence painting as painless and quick as possible. If you want to give your garden a bit of a refresh, you could always paint it a new colour – grey is becoming a popular colour for garden fences and makes a nice change from the typical browns.
5. Buy new garden furniture
This time of year is an excellent time to invest in new garden furniture. If you’re lucky, you can still take advantage of the end of the winter sales and pick up some high-quality pieces at affordable prices. This year’s garden trends include a focus on ‘outdoor living,’ with living room-esque pieces making their way out on the patio. Make sure you choose furniture that is waterproof or buy heavy duty covers. You can also get some affordable garden furniture from Amazon, Groupon and eBay, so if you’re in the market for some new pieces then start thinking of what to buy now.
6. Upgrade your decking
If your decking is looking a bit tired, or you’d like to install decking for the first time, then you’ll be pleased to know that decking will continue to be an on-trend design feature this summer. There are some fun ways to upgrade your decking that can give it an incredible look, ideal for dining outdoors during the summer or having friends and family round for some drinks. If your existing decking isn’t looking its best, you could try using a jet cleaner to bring it back to life – it takes minutes to use, and you could end up with a sparkling deck once again that requires no further work.
7. Start planting
If you love your garden to be full of colour, now is the time to start thinking about planting some flowers. There are some beautiful bulb plants which you can plant in February so that by the time you get into spring, you’ll have a garden full of stunning flowers that will really brighten things up. If you’re interested in growing some of your own fruit and vegetables too, you can make a start on planting items like garlic, shallots, parsnips, carrots, spinach and lettuce. It gives you a good excuse to get some fresh air at this time of year and can also make a great calorie burner!
8. Invest in some garden decor pieces
It’s possible to create some stunning themes with your garden, particularly if you love to keep things on trend. Most high street shops offer some excellent garden-friendly decor items such as candles, lighting, cushions and ornaments that can give your garden a new look and feel. Even if you don’t plan to put them out for a few months, it’s worth taking a look at what’s in stores to get an idea of the current trends and themes and to take advantage of any discounts that might be around. From recreating Mediterranean glamour or LA-chic, you’ll find plenty of items to help you out.
With the spring countdown on, there are plenty of things you can get on with to make sure your garden is fully ready for summer. By tackling some of the typical gardening jobs, you might find that you start developing an enjoyable hobby that could give you even further ideas for creating the ideal summer garden. Check out Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube for some great ideas for things you can do to your garden to turn it into something you can be proud of.
I can’t wait to get started!