During the Winter period we don’t generally pay much attention to our garden. This is usually because it’s buried under snow or covered in rain and we’d rather spend our time at home drinking hot chocolate in front of a fire. During this time of the year not a lot generally happens within our garden, so it’s OK to take a ‘back seat’, however as we are now in Spring it’s time to ‘Spring Clean’ the garden, ready for use again.
If you have garden furniture which has been left out over the Winter, this may be one of the first issues you notice when Spring cleaning. After what has been the wettest Winter on record, many people may find they have damage to their garden furniture. Any metal furniture may have rusted, and any wooden furniture may have suffered from the wetness. You will need to assess any damage, some damage may be fixed with certain cleaning materials, whilst some may be irreparable meaning you need to invest in new furniture.
After considering your garden furniture, it’s time to mow your lawn. It’s essential to mow your lawn on a regular basis to keep it healthy. The mowing season usually begins in March, and after growing throughout the Winter it’s important not to take off to much grass at this time. Try to remove no more than a quarter to a third of the length of the grass so it doesn’t become stressed. As we move into Summer the growth of your grass will slow down, so it becomes easier to maintain.
It’s now time to consider your flower beds. Perhaps your flowers have survived the Winter period, if they have then you could feed them with fresh compost to give them a steady supply of food throughout the Summer season. If your plants haven’t survived, it’s time to get down to the garden centre and start again.
Once you’ve considered your garden itself, you should look at any concrete within your garden. Some homes will have a small courtyard before the grass, if this is the case then you should ensure no weeds have grown between the concrete pieces. Wash down your paving with a hose and use a brush to clean it up. This will put you in a good position when you start to enjoy the outdoors once again.
What are your tips for Spring cleaning? Let us know how you get on!