Let’s take a wild guess: over the last winter/spring, your garden has probably taken a bit of a beating. Dirt-covered decks, wilting plants, weeds and pests running rampant in the flowerbeds – it’s been tough for our gardens. So this summer (even in the face of the inevitable occasional wet weather), get out and spruce up your garden. Here are 5 quick ways how.
Give the deck a good wash
Decks are notoriously stubborn to clean, with dirt and moss build-up needing more than a simple wipe-down. Pressure-washing your deck can help remove the more resistant stains – for a detailed guide on how to correctly (and safely!) use a pressure washer, check out this article here. A few recommendations? Clear everything off the deck before you start, don’t get too close to the ground and definitely wear wellies.
You can also pressure wash your rattan garden furniture to get rid of any unsightly mess (tip: use a garden cover to protect your furniture when you’re not using it – less to clean off when the summer comes!)
Clear up edges and borders
Spend an afternoon getting rid of unwelcome guests – get weeding! Small trowels are best for the job, but you might need something larger like a shovel or a hoe for really deep-rooted weeds. Optional but recommended: a kneeling pad (like this one here) so your legs don’t get as sore, and gloves to protect your hands and nails.
Show your soil some love
After you’ve cleared out all the plants that shouldn’t be growing in your garden, you can nurture and fertilise your soil. Pick up some fertiliser from your local gardening supply store, or you can make your own: used coffee grounds are actually a fantastic, up-cycled way to add nutrients to your soil. Start by mixing 1 spoonful of coffee grounds around each plant about once a week and see how they start to improve!
Put pests in their place
In addition to weeds, there can be lots of unwanted attention from other pests like slugs, bugs and little critters. But don’t run straight to chemical-based solutions – why don’t you try making your own? For example, sprinkle finely-crushed eggshells around the base of your plants to keep slugs out, and soak onion peels in water to create a gentle yet effective spray that will keep bugs away and your plants healthy.
Grow some veg
What better way to celebrate the summer than by planting something new? June is the perfect month to plant some veg – broccoli, kale, lettuce, carrots, courgettes and beetroot, as well as herbs like basil, parsley and coriander, are ideal to plant this month, as they will be ready to harvest come autumn. For more ideas, click here.
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