There is nothing better than sitting in your garden on a warm summers day, with a refreshing drink in hand and the birds singing to you.
To make the most of your garden, there are a few simple steps to follow in order to keep your garden in tip top condition. Follow these tips and you will want to spend more time in your garden than you do inside.
The most important things to consider when it comes to gardens is the design. When we say design, we do not mean that you have to think of the latest trends in gardening or to create a garden to compete with your neighbours, we are talking about the basic layout of your garden.
If you are not going to be able to spend a lot of time in your garden, then it does not make sense to make your garden overly complicated with ponds, attention grabbing plants or fancy features that need lots of cleaning.
It is best to think about how much time you have to spend on your garden, how fit you are (you will not want a huge lawn if you cannot mow the grass regularly) and how much money you have for its upkeep.
Similar to the design of your garden, you need to consider what plans will work best in your garden. There is no point in buying plants that need sunshine if your garden is shaded and you do not want to risk buying plants that need lots of space if you only have a small yard.
Planning is key when it comes to choosing plants for your garden as you will need to think about things like what plants compliment each other and how hard the plants are to maintain. Your local garden centre will be able to help you make the right choices.
You do need to have every tool under the sun in your shed, but it is important to have a few basics. A spade, fork and a hoe will be required for adding borders or planted areas and you will need a lawnmower and a rake to keep your grass in top shape.
Other than that, you will just need a watering can and secateurs for day to day garden maintenance.
Food and Water
If you have a lot of plants in your garden and plenty of lawn, you will need to make sure that they are fed and watered on a regular basis.
Be careful to read the instructions on each plant that you buy, as some varieties will not need to much water unless it is really warm.
You do not need a lot of different foods for different plants, you will find that most flower food will work on many varieties and if you are growing vegetable there are some ‘one-size fits all‘ products on the market.
If you spend a short time each day in your garden, you will be able to keep on top of it, rather than leave jobs to build up.
Paying attention to the needs of your flowers, it could be that you weed one day, preen the next and feed the day after that, etc.
By doing this you will enjoy your gardening as opposed to it becoming a chore, which you do not want to be.
We hope that these basic tips will allow you to grow and maintain a beautiful and relaxing garden, where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the sunshine. Here’s to a great summer!