Spring is on its way, and this means it will soon be time for your whole family to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But what if your garden isn’t up to scratch? I’m not very green fingered at all, but with a little guidance I’m sure even I could create a lovely garden for our whole family to enjoy.
Your first step could be to take a critical look at your garden and see what needs to be cleared away. Over winter you might not have been doing much work in your outdoor spaces, which could mean that things are a little bit messy and mucky out there. Are there any leaves on the lawn and in your flowerbeds? These need to be cleared away to facilitate fresh growth. What about weeds? These should of course be pulled. You could even make cleaning up the garden a game involving your little ones.
Once your garden is tidy, you’ll be able to identify bigger jobs that need to be done. Do you have an old shed, unused building materials or anything else that could be cleared away to improve the environment? What about the branches of your trees, which could be intruding on your garden space? To take care of bigger jobs like these it could be worth investing in a chainsaw from a company like SGS.
You may already have a compost area, but if you don’t now could be the time to create one. This is the place to put all that organic garden waste, which can be used in the coming months to really help your garden to flourish.
The best time to find pests is before they emerge from hibernation. Go through your evergreen plants and hunt for any slugs, snails and aphids which have taken cover for the winter. You should also turn over any loose soil or compost in order to find any vine weevil larvae, which should be destroyed. If it comes to it, you may have to resort to pesticides.
Your final stage of preparation could be the sowing of seeds and planting of flower bulbs. This way you will have a colourful garden to inspire you and your family in the warmer months to come.
There are many more things you can do to create that dream garden. But these five points should at least give you a good grounding. Enjoy the warmer weather and may you and your family spend many happy hours outdoors.
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