Preparing our garden for summer – Top tips
Preparing our garden for summer can be enjoyable for some but for others it can seem quite a chore. With spring fastly approaching now is the time to start planning and getting our garden ready for the summer. For the past few months we have looked out at our garden and seen cold, wet, frosty wintry days so now it is time to turn our garden into somewhere we can sit and enjoy a lovely summers day.
Of course, in order to do so means lots of prep work following the winter months.
Here are our top ten ways to get our garden summer ready:
- Repair work. Winter storms may have damaged/weakened fences so checks are done to see if we think they will last or need changing. Our shed is also checked.
- Clearing out the guttering, a horrid job but it needs doing. Clearing out all leaves and moss. Whilst there we also do a check on the guttering and drain pipes, checking for any damage – this is done to prevent water damage caused by broken/blocked pipes.
- Checks are then done on garden tools to make sure they are in good enough condition to last another summer. Some may just need a little TLC.
- A rubbish clearance in then done of the garden, clearing up any leaves, litter and unwanted items from the garden.
- A quick check on our pot plants/baskets to see if they survived the winter. Some may need emptying and preparing for new plants.
- One thing we recently done was install a water-butt. Much better for watering our plants. Helps the environment and saves £s on the water bill.
- The big wash then takes place of all garden furniture, ornaments, patio and even the BBQ.
- Checks are done on lighting. In the summer months we sit outside until late into the evening so lighting is a must have. Especially mood lighting.
- Garden furniture is then checked and placed in position – although since last summer we have had a garden makeover so this year will be easier once we have purchased a new set.
- Once dry enough to do so – mow the lawn and treat/paint the fences.
Once all this is done and the warmer weather is in here we then start making up hanging baskets, planting and looking forward to some homegrown fruit and veg!
Here are some of last years fruit and vegetables.
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Our little garden allotment is going much better than expected ? All this from one corner of our garden. We also have potatoes, kiwi, apples, pears and peaches on the way (hopefully). We also have a wall hung herb garden. Our first time growing our own ever and we're feeling rather proud.
Last year saw us doing some upcycling and turning unwanted goods into something useful in the garden.
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An old wooden crate into a herb garden.
Old camping saucepans into bird feeder
Do you enjoy spending time in the garden?