If you let your garden get out of control when it comes to actually making it look good again in time for Spring and Summer it can sometimes not seem worth it. If you let it grow and grow it becomes too much work when the time comes for actually beautifying it. I’m here to help. I’ve got some advice and tips on how to make your garden verdant again.
Once a Week
This is the ‘once a week’ trick that means you a do a little every week during the summer and late spring. Saturdays are good for this. All you have to do is cut the grass, dead head any of the flowers, and then do a quick scan of the garden and see if there’s anything wrong and fix anything, that way your garden stays looking spick and span all summer.
I’ve got ahead of myself – I need to let you know how to get to the point where you only need to maintain the garden. Let’s go back to the beginning…
Strip everything back. Any vines, thorns, bushes, and grasses that have dared encroach on to your territory over the winter and autumn need to go. Maybe strip one thing back a week and then it’s not so much of a big job. Once you strip everything back your garden will open up and you’ll be surprised how light it becomes. Once this has been done, it allows new plants to grow in their place and if you plant some really nice flowers you will have an Eden in no time.
When your garden is at a point where you are enjoying being there and you want to spend more time out relishing in the glorious summer you need somewhere nice to sit. Chances are your existing garden furniture is perfect but may I suggest a little addition. Buy a foam cushion, obviously one for each chair, that way the prolonged garden BBQs can be enjoyed leisurely without getting a sore behind from sitting on wooden or metal chairs.
As a side note, if you’re having trouble with wasps and bees, may I suggest putting some jam in a little bowl away from where you are sitting as they will be attracted to it and leave you alone.
The humble skin shredding jet wash; these are amazing inventions. As you all know a jet wash fires water out at such pressure that it tears the grime of practically anything. If you have patio or decking, or even a dirty wall, get the jet wash out and make them shine. You’ll be surprised at home much dirt and grime accumulates on patios. I did it to my garden after about 10 years after laying the patio and rediscovered that the slabs were a faint pink and yellow colour… who knew? The grime accumulates so slowly that you don’t notice it, it’s only when you jet wash that sucker that the original slabs can shine through. It makes such a huge different that you’ll be jet washing every year.
The Two Year Touch Up
My last suggestion is that every two years or so replenish your stocks of slate, bark, or gravel etc depending on what you have. The two year touch up also includes a lick of paint for the shed and fences, and maybe hiring a tree surgeon to keep your trees at an appropriate level. Every garden is different and so only you know what you’ll need to keep up to date, so to speak.
Just a Little Bit
Doing a these things over the course of late spring will mean that you hardly have to do any work when summer comes and it means you won’t have to do everything all at once before your massive, 60 people strong, garden party.