With spring well underway and summer around the corner, now is the time of year when we all want to get out into the garden and make it look pretty. Gardening is a fantastic hobby, it keeps you fit, it’s productive and you get to reap the rewards of having a lovely space to sit in. If your garden is looking a little worse for wear, here are three ways you can bring it back to life and transform the front of your home.
Sort Out The Lawn
After a long winter, most of us find that our lawn doesn’t look its best. Flooding, trampling and lack of light means patches can die off and not recover until spring. If yours is looking patchy or unhealthy, it’s usually pretty simple to get it back up to scratch. Remove any dead grass (thatch) with a scarifier or a scarifying rake, and then loosen the surface underneath using a garden fork. Sprinkle down grass seed and cover with compost. Grass seed usually germinates within two weeks, and after around a month it will be ready for its first cut. As well as adding seed to the bare patches, sprinkle it throughout the rest of the lawn too so that everything thickens up and blends nicely. Once your grass seeds are established, cutting your grass once a week will also help it to thicken up and your lawn will look far healthier.
Pressure Wash Paths and Driveways
If your paths and driveways look worse for wear, it’s easy to think that there’s not much you can do to improve them short of having them replaced. But actually, giving them a good clean with a pressure washer can make the world of difference- you can find reviews of good ones online. Over the autumn and winter it’s easy for mud and dirt to accumulate, and you might even get a layer of slippery moss forming (which is a bit of a hazard, as well as looking unpleasant). On the drive, things like oil spills can make it look untidy. Pressure wash everything, you’ll be surprise how much better the outside of your home looks. You can also use your pressure washer for washing windows or washing your car/ bike/ motorbike too.
Adding colourful flowers to a property instantly makes it look better. It makes your home look well cared for, and regardless of what the building itself looks like some nice flowers will make it much prettier. Fill flower beds and borders with colourful bedding plants, and add some to pots and hanging baskets by your front door. A cute, colourful welcome mat can finish the look, you can buy these cheaply on ebay. It’s a fun and simple way to make any property look nicer.
Have you got out into the garden yet to spruce it up, or is this still on your to-do list? What jobs do you need to tackle this spring and summer?