The sun is finally shining, the temperature is getting warmer and you might already have spent a couple of nights dining al fresco on the patio.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then you may have noticed it has spontaneously started sprouting flowers, shrubs, vines and green leaves in all directions. The daffodils have bloomed, the bluebells are out, tulips are at their best and the peonies are fit to burst. The lawn might also be getting out of hand and the dreaded weeds may already be choking some of your beloved plants.
Here are the top five gardening jobs to focus on this spring, to keep your garden in check.
1. Jet wash the patio and decking
A jet washer is a worthwhile investment, particularly if you want to minimise the use of chemicals in your garden.
Sweep the area to get rid of obvious debris first, then blast your patio with water to remove more stubborn dirt. Once you’ve been over every inch, use the pressure washer to blast the dirt you’ve lifted towards drains and lawn.
If you have any areas where water pools, use a stiff sweeping brush to direct water away. Don’t forget your front yard could benefit from a good clean too!
2. Fix up your lawn
For a thick, healthy lawn, now is the time to replace bald patches and s0w grass seeds.
Give it a helping hand with an organic lawn fertiliser and then mow the lawn when it’s dry. This will ensure it stays lush, green and pleasant to walk on in bare feet later in the summer.
Probably the job we least want to do, but it’s the most important task for maintaining a healthy, attractive garden.
Get in there quickly this spring before weeds have a chance to flower and distribute their seeds across the garden, making your job even harder next year.
Make sure you dig out the whole weed rather than snapping the top off or you’ll find it grows back just a week or so later.
4. Dust off the garden furniture and the BBQ
Now is the time to get your table, chairs, parasol, BBQ and fire pit out. Give everything a good clean and check it’s still in useable condition.
You’ll want to be ready for impromptu barbecues from here on in, so you can make the most of any unseasonably warm spring evenings.
Take it further and get some outdoor fairy lights or citronella candles to make your evenings in the garden magical.
5. Get some flower baskets
Spring is a great time to start getting some colourful, hanging baskets for the empty hooks in your garden.
However, these days there are all sorts of unusual and stylish planters you can use to decorate your garden with flowers. Head over to the Multiyork blog for some pretty, creative, planter ideas that will give your garden a unique look.
These tips cover the basics to keep your garden healthy and ticking over well into summer as well as making it a useable and inviting outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing with family and friends.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile, remember that birds and little animals, like hedgehogs, will be feeding their young at the moment, so investing in some feed, bird boxes and other products to help wildlife thrive in your garden, not only makes your garden a lovely environment for you to enjoy, it can help our feathered friends too!
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