During challenging times, it’s more important than ever that you take care of your health and wellbeing.
One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you remain active and get your daily fix of fresh air and plenty of Vitamin D. And, with spring fast approaching, many of us are already looking forward to enjoying sunshine-filled days outdoors. When things feel a little uncertain or overwhelming, your garden provides a calm place to relax and enjoy the healing power of nature.
With this in mind, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for spring. Whether your garden is in need of a little TLC or it needs a complete overhaul, there are lots of ways to get your garden or outdoor space ready for warmer days.
Here are our tips for getting out of the house and ensuring your garden is a welcoming and relaxing space.
Time to tidy up
Spring days are just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to get out into the garden and give it a much-needed spring clean!
From collecting dead leaves that have fallen during the autumn and winter months, through to jet washing your patio and disposing of any weeds and unwanted plants, it shouldn’t take too long to have your garden looking brand new and ready to enjoy again.
Prune your plants
Early spring is the ideal time to prune your plants, ensuring all the dead growth is removed ready for them to blossom beautifully in the coming months and weeks.
Another task you’ve probably been avoiding all winter is tidying your shed! It’s all too easy for tools, garden furniture and other useful items to build up in your garden shed, overwhelming the small space and making it hard to find what you need, when you need it.
So, pull everything out, sort out what you want to keep and what you don’t need, before returning the items being kept in an organised way. It’s not the most exciting job but trust us; it’s worth it.
Remove garden pests
Now is also the perfect time to remove all those hibernating pests that could cause a whole lot of problems during spring and summer such as snails, slugs and aphid colonies.
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A lawn can make or break a garden. Taking care of your lawn is super important if you want to keep your garden looking its best.
From feeding and cutting it, through to raking it to remove any dead leaves and rubbish that have accumulated over the winter months, spring is a great time to prepare your lawn for the summer days ahead.
And remember, when the temperature rises, always make time to feed, weed and water your lawn!
Preparing the patio
When the first glimmer of sunshine makes an appearance, the patio becomes the heart of the home, and somewhere you and your family can soak up the fresh air.
Make sure your patio is ready by giving it a clean and tidy. Start by cleaning the surface of your patio. If you can get your hands on a pressure washer, these can do wonders, washing away any dirt and grime that has accumulated during the winter and giving your patio a whole new lease of life.
If you don’t have a jet wash, you can always use hot soapy water, a push broom or mop, and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Give your garden furniture some TLC
Even if you put your garden furniture away during the winter or cover it over, it’s likely it has still accumulated dust, dirt, mould and mildew.
The good news is that soapy water will help get your garden furniture sparkling clean and ready for spring. To tackle tough residues, it’s worthwhile investing in a hard-wearing brush, testing first to make sure it won’t damage the finish. And don’t forget, there are also plenty of excellent cleaning products available that will help give your furniture a fresh lease of life.
Garden design ideas – what about free garden design software?
Once your garden is tidy and ready for spring, why not try experimenting with new design ideas? Now could be the perfect time to think about a brand-new landscaping scheme or a new water feature, so why not give your vision some shape before you can share it with a professional landscape gardener at a later date. If you are ready to get advice now you could do a live video call with one of our garden experts using your smartphone. Many of our Members use WhatsApp to chat to customers and they may be able to carry out quotes remotely.
There are plenty of free garden design apps available that allow you to really get creative and give life to your ideas. Try Gardena, Plan-a-Garden or Garden Visualiser and start planning your perfect garden retreat.
So what are you waiting for? Escape to the garden and let nature offer some much-needed peace and calm.
Start planning now, and you’ll be ready for a professional Checkatrade member to transform your garden with your design when the time is right.
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