Winter is definitely over and it’s time to spend some more time in – and on – your garden. It’s especially important to tidy up your outdoor spaces if you’re planning to put your property on the market.
It’s actually very easy and therapeutic to spruce up your garden and by following these easy steps you could speed up your sale.
Get rid of weeds and tidy up your borders
It shouldn’t take too long to pull up any weeds that have been brave enough to sprout over the winter. You should also rake up fallen leaves, do a bit of deadheading and put down some mulch on your borders to really smarten them up.
Power wash your decking and flagstones and clean up your barbecue set
It’s easy to hire a jet washer to remove the mould and slime from decks and patios. Make sure you use a gentler setting for wooden decking and use a plank of sheet of plastic to protect your newly-mulched borders from the spray.
Then, take a stiff brush to your barbecue and any garden furniture you have. If you haven’t stored your garden set over the winter then it might be looking grubby, so give it a clean and if it’s still grimy, it might be time to replace it.
Trim climbing plants and prune flowering plants
It’s easy to overlook climbers during the winter and spring. Before you know it, you’re invaded! Climbers like honeysuckle and clematis will benefit from a good trim before they start flowering in the summer.
Climbing roses should be pruned back to just one bud – don’t be nervous about this, just consult a gardening blog like the RHS’, which has loads of useful information for gardeners of all levels.
Sort out that lawn
If you can sort out that lawn, you’re halfway to a decent garden. Mow the grass and tidy up the edges with a spade. You’ll probably notice some bare patches, so sprinkle some grass seeds to fill them in for a smooth appearance.
Replant your pots and sow some hardy annuals
If last year’s annuals are looking somewhat moribund, then pull them out of their pots and windowboxes and top up the soil before planting some new flowers.
Try some lobelia or pelargoniums for colour, or dahlias for a larger-than-usual and particularly striking bloom.
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