5 top tips to help your spring garden look enticing!
- Wed 02 Mar 2022
With the temperature slowly increasing, days becoming longer and hopefully some sunnier evenings and weekends on the way, now is the perfect time to get into the garden and start planning on the changes you can make to ensure your garden is appealing. Whether you are planning on a move and want to impress others or simply enjoy your garden, we’ve put together a few suggestions that will help your garden this year.
- 1. Start with the grass The first cut of the year can show up any areas that may need attention. Perhaps you have some bare patches that require some seed or your pets have a favourite spot they have been visiting that may need some repair, March is the perfect time to tend to the lawn. If you are laying seed down, ensure you have something to protect the area from unwanted visitors that will soon pinch all the seed. Usually some netting supported by some sticks/canes will suffice. If the area you’re seeding is much larger you may want to add some mini scarecrows or some homemade deterrents – old CD’s on sticks are supposed to work well.
- 2. Making your garden bigger! Perhaps that should read ‘making your garden appear bigger’! It is often the case that by simplifying a garden it can appear bigger. If you have a variety of different areas within your garden or perhaps you have let the borders get out of control, by simplifying them (cutting them back and taking out any unwanted new additions) your garden will not only look tidier but start to feel more spacious. Perhaps you would like more lawn for the kids to play so by removing any areas of chippings, decking or paving can make the garden feel not only bigger but provide some additional lawn to enjoy. March is the perfect time of year to make these changes so that the new lawn can take and be enjoyed in a couple of months’ time.
- 3. Adding some colour If you look at the garden and it appears to be plain, maybe you only have a leaned garden, you can add colour in a number of simple ways. Without needing to change the footprint of the garden you can place a number of hanging baskets around your garden – attaching them to fence posts is the simplest way. If you are a little braver and you wish to create some flower borders/planting areas then it is important to think about what type of flowers/plants you want and what conditions they require in order for them to thrive. Pick an appropriate location with plenty of sun/shade, mark out the size of the area you wish to convert, decide whether you require any borders to separate the planting area and plant away!
- 4. Making your garden easier Instead of adding more elements to your garden, perhaps you are seeking less maintenance and more time to spend in the garden. One of the most popular changes to reduce effort in the garden is the addition of composite decking. Whether you wish to replace any existing wood decking or you want to create a decked area, composite decking comes in all colours and can provide a lovely area to enjoy without the hassle of maintaining it! Gravel gardens are also popular – once you have laid the gravel you can add the colour with a series of pots featuring a range of flowers, plants or even herbs. With gravel/chipping gardens be sure to turn it over at least once, removing all weeds and ideally lay a membrane down to prevent any unwanted weeds to break back through.
- 5. Create a little kitchen garden Regardless of the size you have available, you can always plant some extras to use in the kitchen. Whether you plant a small tray of herbs such as lavender, rosemary, chives or basil. If you have some more space and wish to grow some larger plants tomatoes are always a good starting point and taste delicious when you pick your own! Even with small planters you are able to grow a variety of kitchen goods. From chillies and beans to carrots and strawberries, whichever you decide as with all plants, research their favoured growing conditions and times of year and then enjoy the fruits of your labour!