Spring is finally on the way… we hope! We can all agree that we’re thoroughly fed up of winter now and need some sunshine back in our lives on a daily basis. To prepare for the summer sun, spring is the ideal time to revamp your garden and make sure it’s looking great for the long evenings drinking wine and watching the children play in the paddling pool.
The winter months can have a brutal effect on your garden but there are some simple ways to get it looking fresh again. From planting strawberries to new garden paving, here are some top ways to revamp your garden this spring.
Repair the Lawn and Dig Out the Weeds
Your lawn might look awful after the winter months, so giving it some much-needed TLC is a priority. If you haven’t touched the grass in a few months, you’ll want to give it a good cut with the lawnmower. If your grass is looking lacklustre or you want to grow some grass in a new area, you’ll need some lawn seeds. This will be the quickest way for your garden to regain some greenery.
Weeds can pop up in a variety of places: the lawn, in between garden paving, in soil or even plant pots. Depending on where they are, they’ll need to be tackled in different ways. Removing pesky weeds is a real drag, but it can make a big difference to the garden. The best thing to do is to get it out of the way first and listen to some motivating music while you do it. If you’re on a roll, it’s a good idea to visit your front garden and driveway paving in hunt of more nasty weeds to remove.
Buy Some New Furniture
New patio furniture can make a big difference to a garden. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside during the spring and summer months, it can really pay off to invest in some furniture that will last. Even in a small garden, there is usually room for at least some chairs and a table to put your drinks or nibbles on. Making sure that the furniture is easy to store in the winter months and easy to clean is essential when picking garden furniture. A lovely white outdoor sofa might look beautiful, but if you have children who are prone to being muddy, it might not be the best choice!
Plant Some Flowers
One way to brighten up any garden is to plant some flowers. One of the top flowers to plant in spring is the Geranium Rozanne, voted Plant of the Centenary at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. By June, your garden will have some luscious greenery and beautiful purple flowers emerging.
For the children, some easy-to-grow plants are lavender and primroses. If you want to get them really into gardening, you could even plant some strawberries with them. These are super simple to grow and taste delicious when you’re sipping your white wine on the patio.
Redo the Garden Paving
If you’re buying new furniture, why not invest in some new garden paving as well? There is such a huge variety of garden paving available; you can pick different shapes, colours, textures, sizes, whichever you think will make the most out of the space and shape of your garden. A garden patio is ideal for garden furniture, as you don’t need to worry about a table wobbling on the grass all the time. Even having just a small space with some garden paving can make a huge difference to the garden.
Make Your Garden Unique and Magical
Gardens can be made really personal and magical by adding a few extra bits and bobs. If you’ve got children, why not get them to decorate a plant pot? This is not only super fun for the kids, but can also add some brightness and uniqueness to your garden. Candles and lanterns on a garden table or wall create a wonderful atmosphere at night.
Top Tips for the Best Garden
In order to make the most out of your garden, here are some essentials which can help you with your design ideas:
- Where is the sun? — If you want to sit outside in the morning and drink your coffee, make sure you place your garden furniture in the right position to get the sun in the morning. If you’d rather catch the sunset, do the opposite. It’s best to check where the sun is at certain points and plan your garden accordingly.
- Keep up the maintenance — Giving yourself time to keep your garden looking fresh and tidy can go a long way. Getting the children involved with taking care of the garden can be an excellent way to get them excited about nature, as well.
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