Spring is officially here – the days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer and the flowers are out. If you’ve let your garden go during the winter season, now’s the time to get it ready for summer so that you, your family and your friends can enjoy it when the weather brightens up. Depending on the size, shape, and circumstances of your garden, there are plenty of things you can do to turn it into a place you will enjoy and make good use of. The following tips and ideas will give you some pointers on things that you could do right now to make your garden ready for summer.
Did you know that with some simple planning you could feed your entire family with vegetables from your garden? More and more families are forsaking ornamental plants and replacing them with vegetable patches and fruit trees. Fruit trees take time to grow, so are more of a long-term investment, but vegetables, and especially salad leaves, are quick and yield plenty of food you could enjoy. Spring is a great time to plant many different varieties of summer crops, while some can be planted year-round. Dedicate a corner of your garden to some raised vegetable patches or even opt for vertical gardening if space is short. You could be making your BBQ salads and sides with home-grown vegetables in no time at all!
Get your lawn ready
A well-kept lawn is a beautiful addition to every garden and now’s the time to get it ready for when the weather is nice and you want to sit outside and enjoy it. Your lawn may have died off in patches during winter, in which case it’s time to replenish it, or it may have gotten somewhat overgrown, in which case you’ll want to start mowing it and getting it into shape. It’s definitely a good time to take your lawnmower out of storage and check that it’s in full working order, or get yourself a new one if necessary (such as this one which was examined by our favourite review site recently).
Plant some flowers
While vegetables are indeed useful, nothing brightens the heart as much as flowers. Now is the time to plant summer flowering bulbs, as well as bedding plants and hanging baskets. There are many beautiful varieties to choose from for sale at your nearest garden centre, where you will also be able to get advice on growing conditions, etc. You can even get packs of wildflower seeds to sow in your garden, to encourage bees and other friendly insects, which in turn attract birds. You can also attract birds with dedicated bird-feeders, which is a wonderful way of making your garden feel more natural.
Get your decking ready
If you have wooden decking in your garden, it may be time to check and see if the wood needs treating and whether there are any more issues that need attending to. A new layer of weather-proofing can definitely extend the life of your decking and help it last for many more years. If you have electric points installed in and around your decking, it’s time to check them for safety, or better yet – get a professional electrician to have a look and check that everything is still as it should be.
Invest in some new garden furniture
Is your garden furniture due for an overhaul? Many retailers offer spring discounts and sales this time of year, to encourage people to shop for new dining sets, chairs, swings and parasols for the new season. If you hunt around for deals you may be able to get everything you need at a fraction of the price. But even if your existing garden furniture is absolutely fine, it may need some airing, a clean or some minor fixes before it’s good to go for another year.
Clean and weed
This is everyone’s least favourite chore, but is essential for keeping your garden pleasant. This is especially true if you’re growing flowers and vegetables, as weeds can quickly take over a patch and overshadow the plants you actually want to grow. If you’ve been using your garden for storage, this is a good time to take a look at the items you are storing and see if you really need to keep them. Of course, if you’re storing everything in a shed, the garden itself won’t be affected that much, but a spring clean is never a bad thing.
Getting your garden ready for summer may seem like a lot of work, but by the time summer rolls in, you’ll be grateful for having taken the time to do this. Just think of all the great BBQs, parties and days out you’ll be enjoying in your garden once you’re done! Start now and you won’t regret it.