Blogger Jess Soothill Talks Lawns, Sheds & Fences.

Get your garden looking its best with her 5 top tips:

As we enter spring, the sunshine makes an appearance, temperatures rise and the evenings are lighter, most people tend to focus their attention on the outdoors once more. Weekends are now spent in the garden getting it ready for the warm months ahead.

As summer begins to arrive the garden once again becomes full of children’s toys, barbecues become an essential part of a weekend and weekday dinners are enjoyed al fresco.
 
People take advantage of every last drop of sunshine and spending quality family time outside together.

So now is the time to start thinking about getting the garden ready and to make sure that it looks gorgeous for the time of year when it really becomes an extension of our indoor living space.
 
Get your garden looking its best with these 5 top tips:
 

1/ A neat lawn.


A lush, mowed lawn is such a beautiful sight in an English summer garden. Make sure yours is in its best condition by caring for it now.  Re-sow any poor quality or yellow patches and give it a good scratch with a wire rake to allow light and water to reach the soil. Pull out any weeds by ripping out the stems, as this will hopefully avoid the plants getting established. 
 

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Remember to not mow less than 1cm height off your grass. Cutting it too short will give you a far less healthy-looking lawn.

 

2/ Clearing Out the Shed.


Over winter the shed can often become a dumping ground and untidy. Remove everything from your shed and then sort through anything that you don’t want to keep. Clean the inside of the empty shed and then place the remaining items back inside in a sensible and organised order – using hooks, racks, rails and shelving to keep floor space clear.
 

3/ Cleaning.


If you have any outdoor furniture such as sofas, chairs or tables then get them out and clean them down with soapy water and wash cushions covers (if applicable). If you have stored your barbecue away for the winter it might just be a case of a little spring clean and dusting down before inviting the family and friends over for a feast!
 
If you also have a patio area in your garden that has become a little tired over winter, then using a high-powered water spray can help to rid it of moss and dirt and ready for the entertaining months ahead.
 

4/ Planting.


Late spring is a good time to prune or deadhead some of the early shrubs once they have finished flowering. When pruning, make sure to thin out the older wood to improve the form and health of your plants. It is also a good time to do some weeding and to add a good cover of mulch on garden beds to conserve moisture, reduce weeds and keep the soil layer cooler in the heat of summer.
 

5/ Paint the fence.


Before summertime arrives it can be a great time to give your garden fence a new lick of paint, refreshing its colour and health. Use a treatment too to give it the extra protection it needs from those hot sunny days.
 
Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to indulge in what you really love doing in the garden whether that be cooking, playing, sunbathing…all of which is improved by the work you do now to make it a very special place to spend time with loved ones. 
 
Article provided by lifestyle blogger Jess Soothill who also writes her own blog, Mummy of Boy Girl Twins.

Publish date: 11/09/2017