How To Prepare Your Garden For The Warmer Months
Have you neglected your garden over the long, cold winter? You’re not alone, but it’s not too late to make a start on getting your garden ready for spring.
With Easter a matter of days away, and the rumours of more snow beginning to subside, it’s time to look forward to the summer months and to prepare your garden for those long days spent lounging around in the fresh air. If, like many homeowners, you feel that your garden is a little dishevelled after a long winter, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into providing it with a little TLC. Here are some ways to transform your garden this spring.
If you haven’t set foot in your garden since autumn, then you’ll have some work to do. Begin by raking away the leaves, clearing the moss and raking all your flower beds. It’s also a great time to weed away dandelions and docks that won’t have taken root so deeply at this time of year. You’ll also need to feed your lawn to ensure that it looks luscious over the summer. April is the best time to lay garden seed, so concentrate on those bare patches now so that they start to grow when the warmer weather arrives.
Brightening Your Garden Up
Ideally, you would have planted some bulbs over the winter to flower in the spring, but if not then it’s better late than never. April is the perfect time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes, but you can also sprinkle seeds such as broad beans, carrots, radishes and spinach. To add a real injection of colour, add some pretty nasturtiums, pansies and violas to some large terracotta pots to brighten your outdoor space up.
While you may need to deal with various invasions such as an influx of slugs, you can also turn your attentions towards attracting some of the more desirable types of wildlife to your garden. Hang up a bird house and feeder, and make sure that you keep it filled, so that you have the chance to appreciate wild birds up close. If you want to encourage pollination in your garden and have a strong flock of flowers, then you should also include some sweet peas to attract bees.
Adding A Touch Of Luxury
Of course, if you’re hoping to spend more time lounging in your garden than working, then you’ll need to invest in some quality furniture for comfort. If your current furniture is looking a bit lacklustre, it won’t cost much to upgrade to a new set. Opt for rattan which suits most garden styles, whether you’re looking for traditional or contemporary. A rattan corner sofa with a small coffee table creates a sociable yet relaxing atmosphere, but you might want to add a parasol for shade. It may not seem like it now, but there will likely be a heatwave at some point later in the year, so you’ll want to ensure that you’re kept cool as a cucumber.
If you haven’t yet ventured out into your garden, now is the time to do so. Put in a little prep work and you’ll soon be out there soaking up the fresh air and hopefully a little bit of sunshine too!