Has your garden been out of action because of winter? With the promise of spring, most of us are ready to get back outside. It doesn’t matter whether you want to relax and entertain or grow crops. Now is the perfect time to get your garden back in shape. Here are a few gardening tips to help make it look gorgeous again:
A Gorgeous Lawn
First, after a long winter chances are your lawn is looking incredibly tired. A lack of sunshine, watering and fertilizer has probably left it patchy and brown. However, it can be salvaged. Determine if it needs to be reseeded, aerated or weed control applied. Spring is a good time to fertilize it as well.
If you decide to reseed your lawn, spring is a good time to implement a new one. Start by cleaning out debris, such as twigs and rocks. Next using a rototiller, turn over the top eight to ten layers of soil. If you need to purchase a rototiller, check out these rototiller reviews. Also, you may also consider hiring someone to till for you. Remember, ground that is compacted won’t drain well. Furthermore, grass will have a hard time taking root in compacted soil.
Be sure to till in organic matter to add nutrients. Then level the area by raking it in different directions. From there you can either sprinkle grass seed or lay down turf. Spring is a good time to do this since it’s rainy and sunny. If you’re re-installing a lawn in the summer you will need to water it far more often.
Check out your local garden center. Going to a garden center, and picking out beautiful blooms is always fun. However it can be expensive, and most of the plants will be ‘annuals’. Annuals only flower for one year and then die. If you want your pots and beds to spring into life each year, choose plants labeled ‘perennials’ or of course evergreens.
Another good gardening tip if you don’t want the hassle of replanting each year is to buy different bulbs. Go with flowers that bloom at different times of the year. When one variety starts to fade another is just starting to flower. Right now the daffodils are up, and the tulips are on their way. Plant some bulbs, and you’ll get a gorgeous display of color next spring.
A Patio Area
The great thing about having a patio in the warmer months is you have an additional ‘room’ to enjoy and entertain from. Being able to dine out on warm evenings and weekends is a welcoming idea. So, purchase a table and chairs. You could go with slabs, a deck, or even pea gravel. Either way creating a section of the garden designed for sitting, relaxing and eating is important.
Another idea is to go with picnic style benches, outdoor sofas, or just classic garden furniture. Add pots of plants to the area, and when hosting a party or barbeque string up some bunting and LED lights. You could also consider a swing seat too. It’s a perfect way to sit and relax with a cup of coffee in the daytime, or a glass of wine in the evening!
A Pond For The Wildlife
If you want to attract wildlife into your garden, one of the very best ways to do this is with a pond. Surround it with some ornamental grasses and brightly colored flowers. Bees, butterflies, birds, frogs and other creatures will benefit. Add a water fall to the pond. The trickling of water is relaxing, pretty to look at and can help drown out the noise of traffic and other street noise. Adding outdoor lights to the arrangement, and make a nice place to sit and relax on summer evenings.
A Handy Shed
To keep your garden looking it’s best, you will need a lawn mower, various shovels, a leaf blower and a rake to name a few. Be sure that you have place to keep them safe, dry and tidy. A garden shed would be perfect. Furthermore, you can keep pots, garden soil and other odds and ends in there too. If you only have a few things to store (or if you have a smaller garden) you could go with a outdoor wheelie instead. These are usually much smaller, made of plastic, and can be locked.
Have you put much thought into your garden yet this year? We hope that you like our gardening tips, and will implement a few so you garden will be gorgeous too.