Friday 18 December 2020

Ideas to Refresh your Garden for Spring

Photo by Savvas Kalimeris on Unsplash

{This is a collaborative post}

It might be dark and gloomy outside right now, but it won’t be long before the nights start to draw out again and the first signs of Spring arrive.  So, even though you might not be spending much time outside now, it’s worth thinking about giving your garden a refresh ready for spring, you'll want some glorious colour to cheer you up by then.

You might be nodding right now and thinking, yes this is what I should be doing.  If so, here are some ideas to help you along.

Lay a patio or deck

If you don’t have a patio or decked area in your garden, this might be worth considering.  It creates a handy area for socialising, BBQs, and just having a quiet cuppa.  When laying a patio or decking, make sure you’ve planned enough space to accommodate things like seating, plants and your BBQ. Or you might even want to install a hot tub to enjoy. 

Create a pond or water feature

Water features have a nice calming effect and are always pleasing to look at.  If you have time to create and maintain one, a pond is an excellent feature to have in the garden and you can enjoy the wildlife that a pond attracts too.  But if you’re looking for something easier to manage, then a small water feature can work just as well, and they often add a very pleasant water trickle sound to your garden too.

Plant a wildflower garden

The planting of a wildflower garden will not only be good for the environment but will give the garden a more natural feel. Manicured lawns and pristinely ordered borders are nice enough, but lots of tall flowers growing freely and adding a rainbow of colour can be even better. Especially if you’re a bee!

Create a mini orchard

This might sound like an idea that requires a great deal of space, but there are a lot of compact varieties of fruit trees that grow happily in containers. This means you can have your own mini orchard of apples, plums, cherries and pears.  And if you like your fruit, strawberry plants grow well in containers too. Just think how much money you'll save by growing your own tasty fruit.

Install a bird feeding station

Why not encourage birds into your garden with a bird feeding station?  As well as nut, fat and seed feeders, make sure you have a birdbath so they have access to water.  If you’re worried about squirrels stealing all the food, look out for squirrel-proof feeders with cages fitted around them.

I hope these ideas have got you feeling enthused about spending some time out in your garden and getting it ready for spring.  What ideas are you looking forward to trying?

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