Your garden is your sanctuary and now is the perfect time to make the most of it. Here are 10 ways to spruce up your garden for spring.
First things first, get your garden gadgets up to scratch. There’s nothing worse than setting out for your first mow of the year, only to find your lawnmower has stopped working! Give your appliances a test run. If you find they have developed a fault, you can get a whole host of lawnmower spares and accessories as well as other gardening appliance spares on our website.Check out our advice centre to find handy how-to videos on how to fix your gardening appliances.
Sowing seeds and watching them grow is a great way to relieve stress! Luckily, spring is the perfect time to do this. You can plant anything you like in our garden, but now is the ideal time to grow vegetables such as calabrese, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, chard, leeks, lettuce, onions (including spring onions), spinach, parsnips, radish and turnips or herbs such as chives, rosemary, mint, parsley, coriander, thyme and dill, which will take as little as a week to grow.
Add some colour into your garden by planting fuchsias, petunias and pelargoniums, or coleus which have pretty coloured leaves to brighten up your space. All you need is a good set of gardening tools and an eye for a beautiful garden!
Don’t forget to jet wash! Get your pressure washer at the ready to complete tasks such as cleaning your path, washing your driveway and even cleaning your garden furniture. If your pressure washer has been tucked in the shed since last year, check for any faults before you start and fix faults or replace parts if required. Check out our handy how-to videos that will help you diagnose and fix your pressure washer faults.
Bring in the wildlife
Light it up
Lighter evenings mean longer time spent in the garden. Don’t cut your time outdoors short when the sun does go in though, make the most of every second by investing in some garden lighting. Switch your floodlights to LED lighting to save energy whilst lighting up your garden and protecting your home. They use up to 90% less energy and guarantee long-life performance.
Don’t forget your outdoor buildings
If you have a greenhouse, shed or other outdoor building, we’re probably right in thinking it hasn’t been cleaned in a while! Give your shed a good clear out and clean where you can. For greenhouses, be sure to give them a good scrub to ensure light can get inside and seedlings can grow. This is a great active job that will even double up as a mini workout!
Get the kids involved
Keep the kids busy and teach them some new skills. Let them plant flowers, be responsible for watering them and help you with the odd jobs. Kids will love to be outdoors and learning about different plants and types of gardening can be very educational.
Create your own time-out zone
Create a space in your garden that is yours to escape the outside world! Place your garden chair or bench, plant your favourite flowers in hanging baskets and make it your space to chill out. Being in the outdoors can boost your mood and make you feel much more relaxed.
Good things come in small packages
If your garden or outdoor space is on the smaller side, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t still be your little piece of paradise! Make your small garden appear big by planting upwards with tall plants and trees and adding lots of colour with accessories. Check out our tips for making your small garden appear big.
Bring the outside in
No garden, no problem! If you just have a balcony, terrace or no garden at all, you can still bring all the benefits of the outdoors to you. Make your balcony or terrace your own mini garden by placing potted plants and chairs for you to sit and enjoy. Invest in a gardening set that will give you everything you need.
Houseplants have been shown to clean the air in our homes, as well as lift our spirits! The Peace Lily, Barberton daisy and English Ivy are a few houseplants that help to clear the air and look great in your home.
Now all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy your outdoors!