Three ways to revamp your garden for Spring
At the moment I am looking at a very miserable, brown Winter garden. Nothing is growing and I can’t imagine how it could be transformed!
However I do this every year and it always amazes me how such little touches can create magic even in my small London garden.
These are the things I’m going to get on with in the next month and I advise you to start here!
1. Tidy up time!
Clear away dead plants and moldy pots. Do you need to buy grass seed? Take a look at where any fences have faded and could do with a repaint.
I make a note of which ‘housekeeping’ type jobs need doing before I can get excited about buying plants!
There are a few things which make a big difference if you have the time and energy to get on with them.
Some years I do this all myself. Others I find someone who offers garden clearance. This tidy up is probably the least satisfying part of the process so if you would rather get help and then do the fun planting, hire someone.
I find that this means I’m still passionate about the others parts of the garden and the whole process moves quicker.
2. Seek advice
Sometimes it’s difficult to see how you can make the most of your space. Even if it’s small like ours there are some clever ways to make the most of your garden and really love it.
If you don’t have green fingers there’s no need to think planting and prettiness isn’t for you. Consider having some expert advice from a gardening services firm. They can advise what would suit you; whether it’s raised beds, built in seating, purely grasses or paving the whole garden.
Let them know how you would like to use your garden and they will give you ideas of what is possible. It’s quite enlightening to see how someone else views your outdoor space.
3. Room with a view
Stop thinking about your garden as just that and think of it as another room in your home.
Consider plants, but in the context of how they should add structure, how easy they are to look after. Do they add warmth in Winter when everything is dead. Or create shade in summer?
Can you have a pergola or covered seating area so you can use it all year round. What about fire heaters?
Lockable storage means that blankets in colder months or sun loungers in Summer ones are easy to access.
Gardens don’t have to be somewhere that we just use a couple of weeks a year.
If you work from home could you do this in the garden? If so what would you need to make it comfortable?
If the little ones are home from school where can you have activities for them that also can be stored away. No one wants to look at neon plastic sandpits when you’re having a romantic evening?
Change your perception of your garden and consider outdoor living as a positive and accessible prospect! You will soon have a super Spring garden ready to be used and admired!
**This is a collaborative post**