You only have to look out of your window to see that spring has sprung. The weather isn’t yet uniformly fine. But the hedgerows are a fuzz of green. There’s blossom on the trees. And the birds are full of song. It’s a time of hope as we move out of the drear of winter. And for many of us, that means it’s also time to clear out the garden! But if your garden is looking like a bit of shambles, where do you even start?
These are our top tips for getting your garden summer ready.
Five Steps to Get Your Garden Ready for Summer
Clear out any old junk
Most of us have some kind of mess in the garden. Whether it’s broken tools, old furniture, or toys from last summer left outside to bleach and break in the winter weather. And it’s this kind of clutter that can really detract from lazy summer days. So, get on top of it now. With any luck, you’ll fit everything in a bin bag or two. But if you have old garden furniture or larger toys, such as swings and slides, that need to be removed, a man and van junk removal service could save you time and effort.
Check your shed
Sheds have a limited lifespan. If you take care of it, treat the wood, and make sure the roof isn’t leaky, then you can make your shed last for years. But, if we’re honest, many of us don’t take that trouble. And if you’ve inherited a derelict shed with a new property, or yours has seen better days, it’s probably time to give it up. Especially if you have kids or pets that it may injure. If you don’t want to do it yourself, why not book a shed dismantle service? Your shed will be carefully taken apart and taken away in the time it takes you to relax with a cup of tea!
Deal with garden waste
All gardens make waste. Whether it’s grass clippings, hedge trimmings, or fallen leaves. Spring can also be a great time to prune trees and hedges (once you’ve checked no birds are nesting there). And while it’s all natural and can degrade over time, most of us don’t want to look at it while relaxing with friends on a summer evening. So, tidy up your shrubbery. Lift any dead plants. Pull up any winter weeds. If you’re lucky, you might be able to fit most of your green waste in your compost bin. But for larger items, such as tree branches, a garden waste removal service can be invaluable. Not only will the mess be taken away. The collectors will sweep up any debris before they leave.
Remove any broken stonework
Whether it’s a tumbledown wall or cracked paving slabs, broken stonework can be hazardous in a garden. Especially for children and anyone who may have mobility problems. It can cause a trip hazard. Or may have the potential to fall on someone. Wobbly steps are a particular worry. You may not need to get rid of the offending items – you can often just fix them back into place with an £8 bag of quick cement. But if they do need to go, speak to your local waste removal service. They’ll help you to find the most cost-effective solution for your needs.
Think about aesthetics
Once you’ve dealt with the basic clearing and tidying, you’re free to move on to the fun stuff! So, look at your planting. If you have any gaps in your borders, pop to the local garden centre for a tray of cheerful bedding plants. If you don’t already have one, set out a seating area. Think about adding some garden lighting. Solar lamps aren’t great for winter, but work wonderfully well in summer, when you need them most. They’re also cost-effective. Consider a water feature. Depending on your choice, you can use it to attract wildlife or drown out noisy neighbours. Make your space your own.
Our gardens are such valuable spaces. And they’re becoming something of rare commodity. If you have one, it can be as good as an additional room in your house. Especially in the summer months. So, don’t let your space go to waste. With a little bit of spit and polish, your garden could become your summer retreat.
Find out more about garden waste removal services with Leeds Junk & Rubbish.