Homes & Gardens

Makeover Ideas for Your Garden

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and give your garden a little TLC.

Over the wintery months, your garden has been neglected and is probably riddled with rubbish, sorry-looking plants and moulding bird feeders. Clearing up your weed-ridden lawn and a general tidy are the first steps to giving your garden a makeover, guaranteed to have your neighbours green with envy. Spring is here and it’s time to roll up your sleeves and give your garden a little TLC.

This is a good time to clean your garden tools, plant pots and seed trays with disinfectant to prevent diseases spreading. You may also want to sharpen your garden tools; not only will this improve their performance but also helps preserve them, saving you money in the long run. Don’t forget to check what’s lurking in your gutters and buried in the greenhouse when clearing out your garden.

Once you’ve cleared your garden, you are ready to rake your lawn pulling up moss and debris left over from fall. Combing your lawn in March – April time will give you a healthy looking lawn and prepare it for the summer months ahead. Your lawn will still be cold from winter but seeds start to germinate on the top layer of soil from the end of March, so don’t delay planting.

Cleaning patios, fences, walls and connecting driveways are often forgotten but giving them a quick spruce is a great way to brighten up your garden. For wooden decking, apply a deck washing solution to the wood and let it soak in. After ten minutes, use a good quality pressure washer on a low setting, standing a couple of metres away to avoid chewing up the wood. The solution is safe on grass and plants, so there is no need to cover them up. Click here for Karcher pressure washers and Nilfisk pressure washers from Argos.

Tip: Using a side to side motion and stopping and starting in the groves between the wood will reduce noticeable marking on your decking.

Build a compost heap - Organic compost is the best garden soil fertiliser and the best thing about it is you don't have to buy it, you can make it yourself. Choosing a spot for a compost pile is important, the closer to your house, the more convenient it will be. Your compost will need air, water, soil and food to survive and thrive.

This includes soft green ingredients such as grass clippings, fruit and vegetables peeling from your kitchen and woody brown ingredients such as straw, leaves and untreated cardboard.

Dressing up your decking or patio is easy; all you need are some great plants, flowers and foliage. Order some summer-flowering bulbs, seed and some new pots. One single container can feel lonely; plant multiple flowers in the same container, or plant various sizes to perk up your garden. Introduce colour; choose colour themes to compliment your house or outdoor furniture. Finally, plant for privacy; create a secluded haven with trees and shrubs planted in large containers. They make a great privacy screen whether you plan to relax with a book in the sunshine or entertain friends around a BBQ.

April 2013