Ways to Spruce up Your Garden

Has, in recent seasons, your garden been looking a bit lacklustre? If you garden didn't even look good in its heyday last summer, then perhaps it’s time to start taking action now in order to spruce it up before this coming summer arrives.
 
You could brighten the area up with a whole host of lights — they add a real character to the environment and even mean you can spend nights outside during the summer without having to bring a torch out with you. Decking lights are a great feature for any of those of you whose gardens are blessed with a decking area, but there are other areas in your garden where you can utilise LED lighting to spruce it up. LED plinth light can be mounted and sit on top of posts, such as veranda posts and solar-powered lighting can be stuck into the soil in various points and positions. You could, if you have any sort of path running through the garden, place lights on either side of it in order to spruce up the path.Solar_garden_light.jpg
 
And why not make a splash when sprucing up the area? You could introduce a bird bath to your garden in order to give your garden a different kind of edge, whilst in turn attracting all sorts of different types of birds to your area who will bring with them an instant and healthy dose of ‘spruce’. Or, if you’d prefer, you can go the whole hog and opt for a fancier water feature. Features, fountains, ponds and pools are some of the best ways to give your garden a new lease of life because, when first introduced, they offer something completely different to your area. Make sure to have a look at some of these stunning water features.

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But it doesn’t all have to be necessarily expensive: you don’t need fancy and costly tools and areas to help spruce your garden up.You can add colour to your garden, and not just by way of the flowers you plant or grow there. A good idea is to buy cheap and colourful plant pots, or even paint old ones to add even more vibrancy to your outdoor haven. Whether you go for summer pastel colours, or bold bright ones, your garden will be brought to life instantly. However, you should always continue to take care of the basics of your garden, which is looking after the nature that grows there — because if done right, they are a way of really sprucing up the environment themselves. You should begin to tend to your lawn as soon as the weather allows you to. Feed your lawn on a regular basis with granular feed, and continuing to do so throughout the summer months, will stop your grass from ever looking as it is suffering from a serious case of wear and tear. This makes the garden look greener and far more inviting.pexels-photo-212324.jpeg
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So, there you have it. A few things you can do and introduce to your garden to give it an injection of life and really spruce it up!

Getting Your Garden Summer Ready

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We might still be waiting for spring to make an appearance, but it is never too early to start thinking about the summer. In fact, if you want to make the most of your garden when the sun starts to shine and the temperature hots up, now is the perfect time to start getting your garden ready for summer, and here are a few tips for doing just that:


Feed Your Lawn
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If you want your garden to look luscious and green when your guests rock up to the first barbecue of the summer, you need to start feeding your lawn regularly come spring. This will stop it from getting yellow and ‘threadbare’ so that your garden always looks fabulous.


Sort Out Your Paving
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If your garden has a significant amount of paving, you will want to make sure that it looks good by the summer. Paving that is dirty, filled with weeds and cracked can make the best gardens look grubby so it may be worth checking out local paving centres for new paving, if yours is beyond help.


If your paving is just in need of a good clean, a good once over with a pressure washer and some well-placed weed killer should see you right.


Flower Power
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Few things are able to transform garden from drab to fab like the inclusion of a few well-placed flowers. Whether your garden consists of paving stones or grass, there is a suitable flower solution out there for you. If you’re not a fan of getting down and dirty in the garden, you might want to invest in a few baskets and pots that you can fill with pretty blooms. If you don’t mind gardening, then digging around the perimeter of your property and filling the beds with flowers is a great way to add colour while maintaining the functionality of your garden space.


Clean Your Garden Furniture
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If your garden furniture has been left languishing over the autumn and winter months, now is the time to get them out and give them an airing. Leave them out for a few hours on a dry day to get rid of any musty smells and spend an hour or two giving them a thorough clean. If your garden furniture is plastic, a good going over with soap and a sponge should suffice, but if your furniture is made from metal or wood, you may need to scrub it with a wire brush to get rid of any rust or mould that has started to appear on the furniture.


Let There Be Light
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At this time of year, you can usually pick up outdoor solar lighting at very reasonable prices, and it is great for adding some sparkle to the garden on those long summer evenings spent eating and drinking with friends. Lights can be fixed to fences, wrapped around gazebos or even attached to outdoor walls for a special tough.


Cut the Grass
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Of course, you should also start cutting your lawn as soon as spring hits and it gets a growth spurt. Cut grass at least twice a month to ensure you don’t end up with a jungle on your property come summer.


No Yard? No Worries, You Can Still Garden

Maybe you’re moving to a new property that doesn’t look like it can cater to your hobby of choice. Maybe you’ve always wanted to give gardening a go but you don’t have the space. Whatever the case, having no garden on your own property isn’t the end of your green-thumbed dreams. Here, we’re going to look at how to indulge when it looks like the space you have won’t let you.

Get indoors
Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to garden indoors. In fact, one of the best parts of indoor gardening is choosing containers and placement that contributes to the décor of the home as a whole. One of the challenges about gardening indoors is about properly knowing the demands of it. Your garden won’t get as much natural water, so if you don’t want to spend too much time watering all your indoors plants, then you want some with fewer demands. Cacti aren’t your only option. Orchids make a very popular choice for indoor gardens because of their relatively little need for water.
Get vertical
If you want plants that can bask in the sun and the rain, then you should look at using any vertical space available. Lightweight trellises with attached planter gardens offer some space that won’t only brighten up your yard but are also very easy to move if you need to. You don’t necessarily need to build permanent structures to house your vertical garden. Just make sure you carefully consider the placement of them. Take a look at whatever outdoor space you have and how shade affects it during the day.
Get communal
If you simply want to garden for the enjoyment of the hobby or you want to grow some of your own food, then it’s not as important that it’s a part of your home. In fact, allotments can be a great way to even make some friends that share the hobby. An allotment blog can help you find the garden centers near you and even the events that pop up that allow you to play a bigger role in the community. If there isn’t one available, then you could go about pushing to start one, yourself.
Get inventive
If none of these options sound like a fit, then you might need to put a little more creativity in where you decide to add a little green. Hanging baskets at the entry of a home are a great way to add some curb appeal to the home, for instance. A drab balcony can be transformed with a little greenery, too. Even windowsills can be great choices if you use the ones that are going to be facing the sun for most of the day. There are plenty of ways to find space to pot your plants.
Gardening can be as creative or perfunctory as you want it to be. Think about what you want above all else and make the right choice of how you get it. Having no garden shouldn’t be any obstacle.