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Spring is rapidly approaching, and with it, the promise of warmer months and easing of lockdown rules. There’s a lot to be done to prepare for life after lockdown. One of the most important is ensuring that our gardens are well-tended. This will allow us to meet with friends once the lockdown is over and give you a comfortable and relaxing environment for barbecues, dinner parties and more.
Here are a few things you need to do to get your garden prepped and ready for spring 2021.
Plan Your Summer Flower Beds
Spring is the perfect time to plan out and plant your summer flowers. Flowers are an integral part of any garden, and a beautiful seasonal flower bed can provide a focal point.
Plan ahead and decide what kind of flowers you want to enjoy this summer. If you don’t have much gardening experience, you could try starting with some low maintenance plants. Sunflowers are hardy plants that don’t require too much upkeep, while looking stunning when in bloom.
Consider Your Green Garden Options
Going green has never been more accessible – or more essential. There are some straightforward but effective changes that you can make in your garden to help reduce your impact on the environment. Even planting a garden in itself can help to combat air pollution and reduce CO2 emissions.
You could also consider installing a rainwater collection system that you can then use to water your plants in your garden. Collecting rainwater can do a lot to reduce the amount of water waste caused by your household. However, it is essential to note that you will need to follow the UK’s laws on proper storage and collection of rainwater.
Another great green project to consider this spring is starting a compost heap. Composting allows you to recycle leftover food and garden waste rather than sending it to a landfill. You should not compost some things, such as meat and dairy products, that will spoil and attract pests. Regardless, composting can be a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and reduce your household waste.
Update Or Upgrade Your Garden Shed
It is vital to keep on top of your garden shed’s maintenance all year round. Checking your shed over regularly for gaps, holes, loose panelling, and more can all help to keep your shed in good working order.
If your shed is getting on in years, it may be time to upgrade. While sheds can last for many years with reasonable care and attention, sometimes, despite our best efforts, things go wrong. If you’re looking for a new shed, check out these garden sheds from Shedstore for a huge range of sheds to suit any garden.
Get The Lawnmower Out
The warmer months mean one thing for sure: lawn-mowing time is coming. As with your shed, you should aim to do regular maintenance to keep your lawnmower working at its best. You should consider getting your lawnmower out and checking it over for any damage, rusting or damp. This will ensure that it is in good working order and, most importantly, safe to use once the grass starts growing again.
Start De-Weeding ASAP
If you hope to start entertaining in your garden once restrictions allow, then de-weeding is essential. You should begin as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t have an even bigger task on your hands come spring and summer.
It could help to invest in some good quality weedkiller for paved areas. Weedkiller can make pulling weeds a much simpler process and save you time and effort in the long run.
Check Your Garden Furniture
Ideally, you should store your garden furniture in a space away from the risk of water damage. Usually, this will mean in a shed or garage, but if space does not allow, you should ensure that any fabric cushions are stored indoors.
You should check your garden furniture over to ensure that there is no damage, rusting or rotting. You will want them in good working order come barbeque season, so giving your garden furniture a thorough check over is crucial.
If you do spot any damage, it may be that you can fix or patch them up easily yourself, though if the damage is too extensive, then it may be time to shop for new garden furniture.
Getting ready for spring is always an exciting time of the year. The promises of better weather, barbeques and evenings spent with friends and family in your garden are even more exciting thanks to the months of lockdown we have all faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If you want your garden to be a welcoming and pleasant place to spend time, then these simple steps will help to ensure that you and your loved ones get the most out of the warmer coming months.