Keeping your garden looking fresh and vibrant can be a bit of a chore – especially as winter settles in and it becomes too cold to spend a prolonged amount of time outdoors. Still, as spring rolls round there’s no reason not to venture outside and make sure things are looking as neat and tidy as possible – so what are the best ways to maintain the overall look and atmosphere of your garden? Here are five top DIY tips that don’t require much more than a stout heart and a few tools to keeping your garden looking as good as new:
1. Keep your Garden Hydrated
By “hydrated” we don’t mean simply hosing down as much of the lawn and flowerbeds as you can; what it means is to make sure your garden is properly hydrated, and that in turn means getting just the right amount of water into the soil and according to a plant’s specific needs. Brown leaves and rotten vegetation are signs of a flower or plant drying out, in which case it usually needs watering at the base as soon as possible. Alternatively sodden soil and water overflow means you might be tending to your plants a little too frequently – give them time to absorb all the water before topping up. If you have a lot of plants and shrubs that need regular maintenance, you can always look into having a sprinkler system or automatic irrigation system installed to do the work for you – although they are a lot more expensive than simply picking up a watering can once or twice a week.
2. Pruning and Weeding
Overgrown shrubs and brown leaves can make your garden look messy and unkempt – so get rid of them as soon as possible by carefully picking at each plant. Go round the garden systematically to make sure you cover every inch of greenery, and try to catch weeds by the root to stop them from strangling your favourite flowers. If you haven’t already, set up a compost bin or pile at the rear of your back garden too – this will prove a great way to dispose of dead leaves and vegetation in an environmentally responsible way. Plus it allows you to produce your own soil – and therefore in the long run save you money!
3. Lawn Maintenance
Before you get out the electric mower, take the time to look around for stones and debris that might damage the machinery. Keep the lawn or turf looking green with grass seed too – just make sure you water it regularly, especially in the early stages. If you don’t keep a lawn hydrated, it begins to look brown and parched – hardly the style you’re going to be after if you want a lush and vibrant back garden.
4. Planting new Flowerbeds
Whether you want flat or raised flowerbeds, planting new shrubs can keep your garden looking colourful and healthy all year round. Choose colours that complement each other and don’t be afraid to try out plants you’re not used to – just check the packaging for tending guidelines to ensure they survive for as long as possible. If you don’t want to install these flowerbeds yourself, you can also hire a landscape gardener to do it for you.
5. Wood Treatment
Finally, look at your fencing, decking and garden furniture – is it clean and up to scratch? Or does it look a bit brow-beaten and worn down? If it’s the latter, make sure you top up the wood with a bit of paint or varnish – whatever is needed to bring it back to life. Work systematically across a fence from one side of the garden to another, and make sure you give the time for the solvents to dry before adding a second coat. It may sound obvious, but your outdoor furniture can affect the overall look of your garden just as much as the natural greenery – so keep things in check by treating your wood whenever it needs it!