Is it too early to prepare your garden for spring?

- Wed 08 Feb 2023

With the temperature slowly increasing, days becoming longer and hopefully some sunnier evening 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 potential buyers or simply enjoy your garden, we have put together a few suggestions that will help your garden at this time of year.

  • Start with the grass – The first grass cut of the year can show up any area 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 work, this is the perfect time of year 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 stick are supposed to work well.
  • Make your garden appear bigger! It if 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 boarders 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. February into 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.
  • Be sure to cut your hedges ready for the main birds nesting season that runs from March to August. It is essential to give our wildlife a safe environment, in this case specifically we are talking about birds nesting within your garden. During the main nesting season, it is difficult to be able to cut your hedges and trees without interfering with a birds nest, therefor it is crucial to do this before March!
  • 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 maintain 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 through.

Outside space has been increasingly important from buyers over the last few years, with more people than ever also growing their own fruit and vegetables, through to having pets and of course any youngsters to enjoy. Taking the time now to invest in your garden will pay dividends later and should you be thinking of moving home any of Bradleys Estate Agents 30 offices across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall will be delighted to help advise what would work best for selling or letting your home.