The summer is the perfect time to make the most of your garden. However, after a cold winter, you may find that it is looking a little worse for wear and in need of some TLC. Preparing your garden for the warmer months may seem like an impossible task initially, but there are several factors to prioritize that will keep your outdoor space looking pristine and maintained.
In this guide, we’re going to look at some of the most important factors of keeping your garden in good shape this summer. Take a look at just a few of them below:
1. Tidy up foliage
Over the autumn and winter, you may find that your garden has become over-run with leaves and debris on your lawn and within bedding areas, so your first port of call would be to tidy up the foliage. With the use of a rake, you’re able to lift leaves from the area and turn over the soil to help new bulbs and seeds bloom.
2. Get rid of pests
As the warmer weather sets in, you may find that your garden has become overrun with pests, especially slugs that will chomp on plants or mites known to nibble through wooden fencing, decking, or garden furniture.
Instead of hiring a costly professional pest control service to take care of the problem on your behalf, there are many DIY hacks you can consider to prevent critters from attacking your garden furniture, which will cost you a lot less. If you’re not one for terminating pests with toxic solutions, there are many natural remedies that are eco-friendly.
3. Water plants on a regular basis
Any keen gardener will inform you that a strict watering schedule will keep your flowers and shrubs growing well. Although it may take some time out of your day to commit, it will prevent plants from dying and having to re-plant regularly. It would be advised to water plants both morning and evening to keep them in good shape.
Some plants need a larger amount of water than others, so it may be a good idea to research specific plant types and their needs if you’re in any doubt.
4. Look after your patio
Your patio will likely be looking a little worse for wear after a whole winter, so now would be the time to get to work on it. Moss may be growing through the cracks, and paving slabs may be a murky shade of green. A jet washer should be powerful enough to blast away dirt by knocking it away with high kinetic energy.
If you have decking around your patio area, you may need to replace some slats that have become rotten and re-paint them to give them a new lease of life. If you’re worried about the upkeep of your decking, you could instead opt for composite decking which is a little more expensive as an investment but will truly stand the test of time.