Great DIY Ideas To Get Your Garden Ready For Summer

Spring is here and a DIY enthusiast’s fancy turns to thoughts of getting the garden whipped into shape for the summer. The ravages of winter certainly don’t do the garden any favours and, although the trees are in blossom and the spring flowers have come bursting through the soil to enthral us with their riot of colours, let’s face it; a little tender loving care won’t go amiss.

You don’t want to be doing heavy jobs when the weather has turned hot and humid, so while the air is fresh it’s a good time to get the more labour intensive DIY tasks out of the way.

As well as getting you out in the fresh air DIY has the added advantage of being cost effective. Whatever you can do yourself you don’t have to pay someone else to do.

First of all, check the perimeter of your property. If you have fences it’s a good idea to see whether the bad weather has taken its toll. Has anything started to rot and need replacing? Perhaps a lick of paint or weatherproofing solution are all that’s required to make them look pristine again.

Over the last few months the chances are that your lawn has begun to encroach on the path or patio area. The extremely wet weather we suffered at the start of the year has led to saturated and swollen ground, blurring the usually cleanly defined edges in your garden. Try going round with a lawn edger or ‘half-moon’ tool to redefine the edges of your grass.

Freezing weather can have a detrimental effect on paving slabs or block paving, so check to see whether any of these are rocking or displaced. If so, carefully lift them up and re-lay.

Paths, drives and patios may have acquired a patina of green over the cold, wet months, especially if they are in parts of the garden where they are sheltered from the wind and sun and unable to dry out sufficiently. Break out the jet wash and get these areas clean before the summer sun bakes it in. You’ll be amazed how this freshens up your garden’s appearance.

Examine trees and shrubs to find if there has been any dieback among the branches while the plants have been dormant. If there is any dead wood, spring is the best time to cut it back. Use a pruning saw to trim dead branches back to live wood. At this time of the year the sap is rising, so the plants can easily heal the wound.

Any plant matter you have to dispose of can be mulched and left to rot into compost. If you don’t have a compost heap or bin, this is a good time to start one, as the heat of summer will aid the decay which will break the plant fibres down into rich compost of which you will be glad next spring, when it will come in very useful.

Now is also the time to put up a few hanging baskets and replenish your flower borders, which have doubtless been battered down by winter and will have sunk a little. Some compost will bring them back to life and make the soil look rich and able to sustain plant life again.

With the hard work out of the way you can just sit, relax and admire the fruits of all your springtime effort.

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