Prink Up Your Garden!
We shouldn’t let our gardens feel left out. If you haven’t been able to enjoy your outdoor space because of our very average season, you should consider trying to utilise it through the winter when you’ll experience the crisp cool air as we roll around into the festive season. Investing in a patio heater is often enough to make outdoor gatherings a viable option, so why waste all of that extra space?
Easy ways to prink up your garden
Flowerbeds and lawn
The path that winds through your garden can swing one of two ways. If the edges are kept clean, clear and straight then the path will intersect your garden and look pleasant. If weeds, plants or grass begins to creep onto the path then it will change it drastically, making it look unkempt and neglected. A simple strimmer can revitalise these paths, consider adding a small amount of concrete or sand mixture to the edges to ensure that the problem doesn’t persist.
Simply mowing the lawn can do wonders for the look of your garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a flat landscape, then you need not read this paragraph. If you’ve mown the lawn and find that you have mounds and dips, some of which don’t have grass growing healthily on them; you might want to consider remedying this. With dips, remove the top layer and add some soil beneath it to bring the dip up to ground level. You might want to consider flipping the topsoil and replanting to encourage re-growth. With mounds, you can slice the mound off and use it to fill the dips; but be sure to replant the bare ground to bring it up to scratch.
A nicely mown flat lawn is a very encouraging sight for visitors. If you can optimise your flower beds, you’ll only help yourself. Adding roses, tulips and daffodils in place of wildflowers and weeds will give you garden the personal feel. A garden that looks like it’s been closely worked on is a very attractive place to spend time in.
Patio and barbecue area
Those who don’t like walking on grass (ladies in heels) would much rather spend time on the patio. If this is where you plan to install a heater, then you can consider spending some time developing it. Slabbed areas will need some attention to discourage weeds from the cracks between slabs. Firstly, they need rooting out with a trowel or a screwdriver. The best option is to fill these gaps with concrete or packed sand, to make it impossible for greenery to develop. However, if this isn’t possible or you’d rather maintain the gaps; consider putting considerable amounts of weed killer in the gaps.
A novel approach to improving the look of slab cracks it to actively encourage growth. Consider planting daisies or buttercups to give your garden an urban, wildflower approach that will strike a lot of people’s harmonies. The outdoor furniture that you choose will have a big effect on how pleasant it will be to spend time in the garden.
If possible, try and avoid the cheaper plastic furniture that stacks and comes apart for ease of use. These types of tables and chairs are hard to clean and maintain, and mould thrives on the underside of the frames. If you have to go for these options, avoid the white versions and try to get the green ones. Wooden furniture is the best and most natural way forward. Try and get your hands on some well stained and treated teak furniture and you can look forward to a healthy and aesthetic set of patio seating.