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Top tips for sprucing up your garden this Spring

Now that the winter is coming to a close here in the UK, we can look forward to the sunny and crisp spring mornings any day now. Now is the perfect time to begin planning how to tidy up your garden to eliminate any of the mess that winter has left behind. Not sure where to start? Let’s take a look at some top tips for sprucing up your garden this spring so you can enjoy it once the weather warms up.

Pull weeds

Weeds can be a pain no matter what season it is, but over the winter months, you’re less likely to be out in your garden picking them out of the ground. On a dry day, take the time to go around your garden, pull out any weeds, and make sure you pull out the roots, too. It can be difficult to know whether you’ve got all of the roots, so treat those areas with a weed-killing solution to prevent them from coming back at all. Remember to take into consideration that weed killers can damage other shrubbery in your garden and can be harmful to pets, too, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

Get rid of the grime

The rain, fog, wind and snow brings loads of grime that builds up over the winter. This can lead to algae growth on brickwork and any wooden pieces in your garden, which look terrible and are slippery underfoot. Now is the time to get rid of it to refresh the look of your garden. If you have a decked area in your garden, it’s a good idea to use a jet wash with a decking cleaners solution to bring up all the grime accumulated over the winter. It will drastically improve the way your decking and other areas look and make it safer to walk on.

Prepare your soil

There’s a good chance you haven’t paid any attention to the soil in your garden since the last time you planted something, which means it probably won’t be in an ideal condition to plant anything either. Take a trowel and turn your soil every few days to give it a chance to dry out and drain any water it has retained from rainfall. If soil is too soggy, it will quickly kill any plants you plan on buying. If you have any compost, turn that through your soil to add nutrients to it and prepare it for planting season.

Liven up the garden furniture.

A lot of us make the mistake of leaving our garden furniture as it is after enjoying the summer and autumn months in the garden. This often means that furniture has become dirty or a little weather-worn, so take some time to wipe down any metal or plastic furniture and give any wooden furniture a coat of waterproof paint. It’s not going to be too long before we’re enjoying sitting in the garden, but it might be worth buying a tarpaulin to cover your furniture with when it’s not in use. It’ll help prevent it from getting dirty, protect it from the weather, and help increase its life before you need to replace it.

Get rid of pests

Pests are another problem you might face all year round, but during the winter months, pests like rats and mice may have found refuge in your garden to keep warm and dry. Check under any furniture and in sheds for any signs of pests:

  • Droppings
  • Chewed bits of debris
  • Holes in your furniture
  • Odd bits of food found in your garden
  • Sounds of scurrying

If you find these signs or have seen any pests, make sure you call a pest control company to come and safely remove them from your garden. The last thing you want when enjoying a peaceful evening in your garden is for pests to ruin the moment. Plus, they’re very unhygienic.

Tidy your shed

Finally, whether you’re an avid gardener who plans to spend lots of time improving your garden this year or just like to keep it nice and tidy, now is the time to tidy your shed. Arrange things so it’s easy to maintain your garden, and repair anything the winter weather might have broken, like missing window panes or wall panels. You could also give your shed a lick of paint to brighten it up and create a complementing addition to your garden.