With summer ever beckoning to us and a welcome break of sunshine to get us all in the mood, thoughts are turning to our gardens! Neglected after six months of being left alone, overgrown and possibly looking uninspiring what can you do to bring the garden back up scratch and ready for use for the summer?
These are our recommendations for a quick garden makeover:
Edges: Cutting the lawns can be an instant lift, but the edges often get neglected, so make sure that all the edges, the bits where the lawns and garden meets the fence, the path and the straggling tendrils that leach into the beds are all neat and trimmed. Invest in an edging tool and where the lawn meets bed, think about laying edging strips such as logs or brick pavers to neaten it all off.
Dressings: if you do have exposed beds then applying mulch or stone to the surface as a dressing has a dual purpose; not only does it make it look much more presentable, it keeps the weeds down as well. Most garden centres stock different types of dressing, from bark mulch to pea grit or the currently fashionable chipped slate.
Paths: if you have a long garden, then consider adding a path to wind down the garden. The simplest methods often work the best and a curving path will draw you eye to the furthest path of the garden. Our top tip is to lay a hosepipe down in a snake like fashion and follow the curve, dig out the top surface and use smaller paving slabs to create a stepping stone effect and fill the surround with small stones. Don’t stick the path straight in the middle of the lawn either, let the path draw you around the edges of the garden by positioning it to one side and maybe crossing the garden further down. Think about adding lighting close to your path.
Planters: Planters transform any garden by being really easy to position, replant and add some depth. If you aren’t a huge gardener but like a splash of colour or have a flat garden and needs to add some features, then planters are an ideal solution. From small patio planters to more architectural styles, planters make adding colour, shrubs and interest to any garden. There are some great planter examples here.
Patio/decking: Possibly the most used feature of the garden, we love our patios and deck areas. Make sure that they are clutter free, clean from mossy growth and all safe. Well placed planters in corners can prevent any hard edges and add shape to angular shapes and add plants that are colourful and inviting. The furniture we add can also make a huge difference, whilst many of us use the patio as a summer dining room, adding more informal furniture such as an outdoor suite, can really transform a garden and inspire you to get out there more. Black wicker garden furniture creates a stylish addition to your outdoor living space