Do you look out your window to your backyard and see a multitude of weeds sticking out from around plants and wish that you had a nice garden to relax in at the end of the day? Or do you crave a suitable space outside to entertain family and friends on weekends?
Follow my 5 tips below to create the perfect garden space to use over the summer months.
1. CLEAR OUT ALL THE WEEDS
The first thing to do when tidying up a garden is to pull out all the weeds, so you can see what you're dealing with. Wet soil makes it much easier to pull out weeds, so aim to do this just after it has rained, or give your garden a quick spray with the hose beforehand. Don't throw your weeds into the compost heap though. They will spread through the whole garden if you do this.
Once you have pulled all the weeds out, spead some new top soil around the plants if they need it. It's always good to purchase soil that has plant food in it, to replace any nutrients that they may be missing.
Prune any dead flowers off plants and tidy up any damaged branches as well. Trimming plants gives them a fresh appearance and encourages new growth. Plant some new plants to replace any old ones that needed removing and give your garden a splash of colour.
2. MULCH AND EDGE GARDEN BEDS
Mulching your garden conserves water, cools plant roots, feeds the soil, smothers weeds and makes a garden look nice and tidy. When mulching, be sure to keep the mulch away from the stems of plants. Replenish mulch when it deteriorates to keep garden beds looking tidy.
If your garden beds don't currently have any edging, you can pick some up from Bunnings for quite cheaply nowadays. Edging on a garden bed makes the garden look clean and tidy and it also helps prevent your lawn from creeping into your garden bed.
3. keep lawn areas tidy
Clear away any leaves that have fallen on the ground with a rake or a leaf blower and give the lawn a good mow. Get the whipper snipper out and do the edges too. Trim any hedges or trees that need tidying up and make sure any fences are tidy and repair fallen pailings if necessary. If your fence looks a bit ratty, get out the paint can and wack some paint on to freshen things up a bit.
If you have a garden shed, store any tools or lawn mowers in there to keep the lawn area clutter free. Otherwise, make good use of your garage. Keep the garden shed doors closed so people can't see the mess inside.
Make sure you water any plants or hedges regularly to keep them nice and green and full of leaves, so your garden looks nice and lush and inviting. If you have a green house, make sure the plants that are in there are nice and healthy too.
4. CLEAN AND OIL DECKING
If you have outdoor decking, it's important to keep it looking it's best. Clear the area of any rubbish and sweep away any leaves and dirt that's accumulated over time. Use a hose or high pressure cleaner to make the area sparkle. Purchase some deck cleaner and mix with water and scrub your deck clean with this. Wash off and let dry before oiling the timber. Hang some fairy lights around the deck or decorate with candles, so you can entertain well into the night.
5. CLEAN YOUR POOL
If you have a pool in your backyard (lucky you!) it's important to keep it looking clean and prevent it from going green when not in use. It can cost a lot of money to bring a green pool back from the dark side.
Trim any trees or plants away from the pool so the leaves don't drop in when there is a gust of wind and this will help to keep it looking good. If you're entertaining people with kids, make sure your pool fence is up to scratch, so the little ones don't get in when no one is watching.
I hope this post has helped you to clean up your backyard and create a space that's worthy of entertaining. If you would like someone to help you clean up your backyard, please feel free to contact me and I can put you in touch with one of our suppliers to help get your backyard back on track.