If you are blessed with some sort of outdoor space, it is important to make the most of it. After all, what better way is there to relax after a hard day at work than sitting outside with a glass of something nice? It can be difficult, particularly if you are short on time, to maintain a garden and turn it into a tranquil space, but here, we share a few tips to help you on your way.
Cut back bushes and overgrown shrubs.
The very first task is to mow the lawn and cut back any overgrown shrubs and bushes. A lush green garden is what we are aiming for, not a jungle! Keeping on top of it is easier than hacking it all down in one go, so regularly go out there with your shears and lawnmower and cut it back. If bushes are serving no purpose other than to get in the way, think about getting rid of them to make your life that little bit easier.
Remove any rubbish
Once you have down any cutting back, get rid of the debris straight away, and any other rubbish lying around. Nothing spoils tranquility more than a pile of garden waste or litter in the corner of the garden. You can take some garden waste to a green recycling facility, where it is broken down and mulched into compost. This makes an excellent natural fertilizer because it contains nutrients from the old plant matter which will help new ones grow.
Clearing out any rubbish also prevents any unwanted pests and insects from attacking your garden or making their way into your home!
Regularly water and treat your lawn and plants
To keep it looking lush and green, regularly water and treat it with fertilizer and weed killer. If you need equipment for your fertilizer, check this out. In the warmer summer months, try not to water it during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm. The best time of day is between 7am and 10am, giving the grass time to dry gradually rather than burning. Avoid doing it at night as well, as this can encourage the growth of fungus and mildew.
Think about furniture and accessories
You wouldn’t just put any old piece of mismatched or tatty furniture into your home, so don’t do it to your garden. Think about comfortable seating that blends into the space, made out of natural materials such as rattan or reclaimed wood, or even stone seating. A few bright cushions can add a pop of color, as does bunting. Look for small water features – the sound of trickling water can be very relaxing and make sitting outside a multi-sensory experience.
One of the main things to bear in mind is not to create a space that takes you too much time to maintain and keep looking nice. Simple and low maintenance is the way to go as there is little point in spending more time in the garden than sitting and enjoying it!