ummer is well and truly underway, and if you haven’t already started getting your garden into shape, it’s about time you made a start now before the gorgeous weather disappears behind the wintry clouds once again. It might be a little bit of light maintenance required, such as a quick mow and some hedge trimming, or it may be a total garden overhaul including new lawns, new paths and new flowerbed planting.
Firstly, you need to make sure you have all the right equipment before you make a start. This might include a watering can, a hoe, a spade and various shovels. These should all be stored in your garden shed along with a lawnmower and any other electrical equipment, such as an electric hedge trimmer. Make sure electrical equipment is stored in dry conditions, and if you have any children with access to the shed you should keep it securely bolted with a good quality iron bolt, ideally with a padlock, to keep little fingers away from dangerous equipment.
The first things to tackle should be those relating to safety. Ponds should be dredged and properly sealed, and a low-level fence should be installed to surround it to prevent children from falling in. Broken fence panels should be fixed, and gaping holes in border hedges should be filled in with extra foliage. Uneven paving slabs should be removed and replaced to avoid tripping hazards.
Then you should tackle the largest area of the garden. If this is the lawn, it should be mowed and weeded, as weeds can cause lots of problems for your grass if it spreads over a large area. If necessary, spray a weedkiller over the grass to get it looking its best. Any gaps or dry patches should be dug over with new grass seed placed down. You might need to protect this with mesh wire until the seed takes to prevent it from being eaten by birds.
The maintenance of flowerbeds and pots should be fairly easy. Remove any dead plants and replace them with new ones. Bear in mind that if you want borders in bloom all year round, you should think about planting a blend of flowers which will blossom at different times of year. Evergreen shrubs will always keep some life in your borders, and colourful Heather is famously hardy. If you don’t want to be watering your plants constantly, opt for flowers which are used to dry conditions so that you can let the rainfall take care of them, leaving you free to enjoy the summer.