With just a month until the Spring, it’ll soon be time to start your garden maintenance for the year Whether you’re a garden enthusiast already or are trying out a new hobby, these six simple maintenance tips will help you begin to create a healthy and beautiful space.
1 . Consider drainage
If your lawn has poor drainage, this could mean that it often becomes waterlogged. Drainage could be ineffective due to the landscaping of your garden, or the state of your soil. If your soil has thick areas of thatch or a high content of clay, this may prevent your soil from absorbing water. Thatch consists of dead roots, grass, and leaves, which can build up between your lawn and the soil. You can remove thatch by raking your lawn and removing the mulch. Aeration can also help to aid the flow of air and water.
2. Ditch the weeds
For a natural way to remove weeds from your garden, try spraying them with some vinegar. Be sure to cover up the plants you wish to keep before you start spraying, as vinegar damages desirable plants too! It’s also a good idea to try a household dishwashing detergent in your spray bottle, try mixing it with the vinegar for a double-strength weed killer. While you’re at it, try sprinkling on a little baking soda too.
3. Banish the bugs
When you’ve spent lots of time making your garden lovely, the last thing you’ll want is bugs wreaking havoc on your plants. For a green way to keep the bugs at bay, try purchasing a pyrethrum spray. This is a natural solution made from chrysanthemum flowers. You can buy these dried flowers in powder form, from here simply mix with a little water and add to a spray bottle. Garlic is another excellent way to ward off
bugs, simply pop a clove or two into your soil to put them off!
4. Regular cleaning
One of the easiest ways to keep your garden space looking fresh is to keep up your regular cleaning, from your fences to your patio areas. To clean your fence, you can get out the white vinegar once more. Mix one cup of soap with two cups of vinegar, and around 3 gallons of water. Scrub your fence with the solution, and be sure to use a strong wire brush for those tougher build-ups of dirt. Pressure washing is the best way to clean both your fence and your patio; you can always call in the professionals if you don’t have the means to do this yourself.
5. Decorative touches
When your garden is clean, and your plants are healthy, it’s time to add yourself a few decorative touches. Accessories such as lanterns, bunting or stone statues work wonders for a garden space. Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve updated your garden furniture? If so, this season’s trends are all about soft outdoor sofas in calm colors like cream or pale green. When you are accessorizing your garden, it’s best to stick to one color scheme, for a look that’s neat and elegant.
With these tips in hand you’ll be sure to jazz up your garden in no time at all.