Put Spring Back Into Your Garden

21 March 2021

Soon the clocks will go forward, the days will last longer, and with light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, you’ll want to make the most of your outside space with family and friends once we get the all-clear.

Before selling your home, most people try to spruce up their property by decluttering and doing a thorough clean. But many people forget the area that gives the first impression is the garden. We all like to get outside and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, so make sure your garden looks appealing for a potential buyer. Here are some easy tips on how to get your garden summer-ready without breaking the bank.

Start with a simple tidy up

Always start with tidying and essential maintenance. Good gardens can add value to a home, and poorly kept gardens can detract from it.

Winters are never kind to our gardens, and damage may have been caused to fences and trellis or maybe the larger shrubs and trees. Any dead growth can be cut back, and fallen leaves and other debris can be removed and cleared away. If you have decking or a patio, use a pressure washer to spray away any dirt and build-ups of grime and keep your grass short.

Weeding

You may think that weeding is done purely for aesthetic reasons, intended to keep your garden and yard looking pretty. But in reality, these aggressive plants are invasive thieves. To get your garden looking its best right from the pathways and walkways to the lawn and borders, pick out any weeds you see. If you’re struggling to keep on top of them, you can use a specifically designed weed control product.

Clean the summer essentials

Depending on the type of barbecue you have in your garden, it can vary in difficulty to clean and will certainly vary in how much it is affected by harsh winter conditions. If you have a masonry barbecue, you will have very little to do; however, you may have to remove any rust built up in wet conditions. If you have stored your barbecue away for the winter, in might just be a case of a bit of spring clean and dust down.

If you have outdoor furniture, you will have to make sure they are pristine for your summertime fun. It is recommended to take your cushions off any outdoor seating during winter, but there are great ways to clean them with little hassle if you forgot this year. If your cushion covers are not removable, you should make a solution of warm soapy water with a mild detergent to help remove any marks.

Hang fairy lights

Fairy lights can transform the look of your garden; whether you decide to use them to line your fence or wrap them around a tree, they provide a great setting that’s perfect for relaxing summer nights outdoors. 

Paint the fence

There is likely to be dangerous conditions for your garden fence during the winter months, so there is no better time to give them an injection of life with a new coat of paint. Give it the extra protection it needs from those hot sunny days.

Put up a bird feeder

Adding a bird feeder is a cheap and easy way to encourage birds into your garden and make a great project to get the kids involved. Birds will feed anywhere that they feel safe and secure. Their feeders need to be out in the open to be easily spotted but close enough to a hiding space that they can retreat to should a cat suddenly appear. Somewhere that doesn’t get too much direct sun, or the worst of the winds is also ideal.

Save the bees

It’s no secret these days that bees are vital. In addition to being everyone’s favourite picnic guests, bees function as some of the world’s great pollinators.  Because of their importance to our food crops, it is more crucial than ever to support these little buzzing beauties. There are some easy ways and guides on how to help save them. To do your bit, you can plant bee-friendly flowers in time for the weather to get warmer.

Accessorise

Adding accessories to your garden space has become a massive trend in recent years, and adding features such as mirrors work well to make gardens appear bigger than they are. You can also use cushions and rugs to bring the comfort of the home outside while you enjoy the sunshine.

Loving Your Lawn

A neatly mown lawn is a joy to behold in an English summer garden, so make sure yours is in tip-top condition. Remember not to trim less than 1cm height off your grass; cutting it too short will give you a far less healthy-looking lawn.

Clearing Out The Shed

Over a long winter, you tend to stockpile many odd bits, which usually results in a chaotic mess in desperate need of order. Remove everything from your shed.

Sort all items into groups of ‘keep’ and ‘don’t keep’ and throw or give away everything in the ‘don’t keep’ group. 

 

While there are still a few maintenance chores you should do every season, once you power through these tasks early on, you’ll have more time to kick back and enjoy your landscape over the summer. 

 

Are you looking for a new home with a beautiful garden? Contact me today to start your property search. 

Kirk Shephard – Independent Estate Agent

kirk.shephard@exp.uk.com
07784 375 181