It’s been a long time coming but spring is just around the corner, honestly, and you’ll soon be able to spend long, lazy hours in your garden enjoying some much deserved sunshine. But if the winter months have taken their toll or a cosmetic touch-up is required then there are some easy and inexpensive ways to enhance your garden space.
Updating your garden with a little spring cleaning and the introduction of a few new items will definitely provide a more relaxing ambience.
A quick face-lift
Take a glimpse out of your window in order to assess the amount of light cosmetic surgery that is needed to bring your outdoor area back to life. This is an easy task and includes raking-up all those dead leaves for composting, sweeping up paths and cleaning or washing down shed windows and greenhouses. Also check for any repairs to fences and boundaries that may have suffered damage during the winter, and if you really want to spruce things up then consider repainting those wooden structures. The cleaning process is necessary to get that outdoor area in shape and should only take a few hours or an afternoon at most.
Assess your greenery
Once the clean-up has finished it’s time to assess flowers, bushes and trees with a view to what can stay and what might need to go. It’s an easy enough fix to prune back those trees and bushes; you can also take the alternative route and consider planting a young fruit tree as an addition to your garden. However, take a serious look at the flowers growing throughout your outdoor area with a view to keeping the ones that work well in terms of a color scheme. If your flowers didn’t provide the look you were going for last year then now is the time for a ‘clean sweep’ and an investment in some new varieties; experimentation is the key and that perfect garden will take time to cultivate over the years.
Bring out the furniture
New garden chairs and tables are one of the easiest ways to create a specific look and let’s face it, there’s nothing nicer than sitting in the fresh air enjoying some peace and quiet. There’s a slew of outdoor furniture in a variety of materials including natural wood, wicker and aluminium. Set a space aside where you can create a little seating sanctuary complete with tables, parasols and even heaters for the evenings. Check out the environmentally-friendly illumination options available including solar energy lamps and fairy lights for outdoor use; you might even want to consider a water feature such as a small fountain or pond as a focal point.
Your garden can easily be a relaxing haven after a hard day’s work or someplace to spend a lively afternoon with friends during the warm spring and summer months. Spend a little time, care and effort, and this important part of your home will certainly repay you over the long-term.
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