Is your garden lacking that little ‘something’? If so, you are in good company. We’re all spending more time at work these days, and it’s no surprise that so many households have little time to spend pottering in the garden. And when you have the inside of your home to manage, the outside is always going to be less of a priority. That said, there are a few simple fixes you can use to get your garden back in shape, and even make you feel proud enough to share with friends and neighbors. Let’s take a closer look.
First thing’s first, it’s time to declutter your garden. Put aside a day – most people should be able to clean out the basics within this time. You could also ask for some help from friends and family and make it a fun, social occasion. Winter is the perfect time for a good clear out, as much of your garden will be bare anyway. Start by raking up any detritus from the fall, including twigs and leaves. It’s important to remove anything that is overly moist, as the damp can affect the plants that are hibernating underneath the soil. Also, check for any structural problems in your greenhouse, sheds or garden walls. Once you have finished, your garden will look a million times better already – but we aren’t done yet!
The best time to start restoring your lawn will be in the early spring. Lay down some weed killer, first. Then, feed it with fertilizer, and fill up any gaps by raking seeds into the turf. Not only will fertilizer make your grass look a lot more lush, but it will also discourage weed growth. Keep it watered and don’t cut too short while the new grass is growing – in a few weeks you should have a fantastic looking lawn.
Why not split your garden up into little sections? You can do this in several ways. Try making some raised beds to give your garden a little extra dimension, and you can also consider tree planting in rows to segregate small areas. Pick up some old paving slabs from your local authority’s refuse service – you can buy them for peanuts. Smash them up a little and create a mosaic-like path which can take you from section to section. You can also think about adding a little water feature, too. Again, you don’t have to spend a fortune. It costs around $10 to pick up a simple bird bath that will encourage all kinds of wildlife into your garden.
Finally, whether it’s an old and crumbling border fence or wall, or a dilapidated old shed, it’s going to affect the overall look of your garden. But it takes very little to get things up to a suitable standard. A little sanding, an undercoat and primer, and a couple of coats of paint will give your fences and sheds a new lease of life. Add some color if you like – you don’t have to stay brown!
Hope this has helped – feel free to leave any of your gardening tips below!