Is your garden summer ready by David Domoney
A few recent bursts of sunshine have got us all excited for the summer ahead. Lazy days pottering in the garden and family BBQs are now so close you can practically smell the sausages cooking. But is your garden ready? It’s easy to neglect your garden through the winter and then find yourself in a frantic rush to get it looking neat again once the sun comes out. Save yourself the stress by getting stuck in now, and have your outdoor space looking fabulous and ready to go. You’ll thank yourself later, when you have all the more time to bask in that precious sun.
Patios and BBQs
Start by checking your patio doesn’t need a quick clean after the wintry weather and take stock of your garden furniture. You can rent a jet wash to easily blast away dirt from your paving slabs, as well as from any weather resistant garden furniture. There’s nothing worse than proudly rolling out the grill on a sunny Sunday afternoon, only to find it is caked in dirt and grease from the previous year. Get ahead of the curve by taking an hour or so to spray your BBQ with oven cleaner and the key here is to leave it to soak. Rinse with soapy water and repeat if necessary. I always recommend planting up a few herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley and chives into containers in the spring, so that come summertime, they’re ready and waiting to be snipped off and added to kebabs, salads and the odd glass of Pimm’s.
Beds, Borders and Lawns
Give your beds and borders a tidy up with some careful pruning, and plant in anything new, making sure to label what you’ve planted where, so you don’t forget. The lawn is busy waking up after a winter hibernation, so reseed any bare patches and apply a general spring fertiliser. Due to the recent damp weather, you may well have a serious moss infestation, so use a fan-shaped rake to clear moss, taking care not to rake too heavily and tear the grass. Follow with a spring lawn fertiliser containing moss killer. Don’t forget that for the first few mows of the season you want the blades on your mower to be set slightly higher than usual in order to allow the grass to develop deep roots – essential for recovering grasses.
Now is the time to think about any extra additional things that could give your garden that extra ‘wow’ factor. More and more people are investing in outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens, ensuring their garden is the place to be for summer entertaining. You might even want to think about adding a garden room – these are great for adding a little extra space to your home without having to apply for planning permission. They are also perfect for the summer, as they give you the chance to escape into the garden, yet still be sheltered from the elements. Our British weather is famed for changing its mind on a whim, so these rooms make a great addition to any UK garden. You may also want to think about giving your windows and doors a quick spring clean or a lick of paint to freshen up the look of your outdoor space. These little touches may seem insignificant, but you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. Once you’ve given your garden the quick spruce up that it needs, you’ll be all set for summer, prepared and ready for whenever the sun shines to get straight out into your garden and enjoy it.
'Is your garden summer ready by David Domoney'