During the winter months we often have a habit of allowing our garden to become slightly neglected, but there’s definitely no excuse to avoid spring cleaning once the warmer weather returns. It won’t take too long to spruce up those outdoor areas and although a little effort will be required it should only take a few evenings or weekends to get your garden into shape.
A little hedge and lawn trimming, a clean sweep and some washing down can easily return your garden to its former glory.
Large areas first
Mowing the lawn and sweeping away any dead leaves should be first on your list before you take a broom to garden paths. If you do these tasks in reverse then you’ll simply have more to clean up in the long-run. Make sure your lawn is weed-free and some additional watering may be required if the ground is particularly dry. Mixing some slow-release fertilizer into your lawn is a good option to provide much needed nutrients after a long hard winter.
Next up comes cutting back any overhanging tree branches, trimming those hedges and pruning fruit trees and shrubs. Remove any faded or dead flowers from plants, known as ‘deadheading’. Don’t be shy when undertaking any of these tasks as this is one of the best ways possible to bring your garden back to life. Remember to apply this to window displays and planters, and take a look at any bare patches with the intention of planting some new suitable flowers.
The final sweep
Sweeping up and washing down may seem tedious, but it’s an important step towards rejuvenating your outdoor area. Brush down and wash pathways, give greenhouse windows a spray with a hose and don’t forget the garden shed windows. Repair damaged fences and rake over gravel, and if you have a patio area sweep and wash it down at least once a month. If this is a spring clean after the winter season then a little more effort may be required depending on the condition and size of your garden.
If the garden is looking bare or just needs an update, why not invest in some new furniture? Items such as table sets, some lighting, a few statues and even an ornamental pond can soon give your space a new lease of life. Most of these items are relatively inexpensive to purchase and good quality products can last for years with very little maintenance. You can decide which products would suit you best with a quick scan through some gardening guides.
A beautifully kept garden will provide a more welcoming atmosphere and will be some place you’ll look forward to spending a lot of time in. A little judicious effort now will provide you with a long-term reward throughout the year.
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