Keeping your garden neat and tidy is important, and not just so that you can give a good impression to visitors. A well-kept garden also looks good, and gives an impression of a house that is lived-in, so is less likely to be targeted by thieves. No matter the size of your garden, it doesn’t take much in the shape of basic maintenance to keep it looking trim, so here’s a few things you can do.
First, let’s talk about your lawn. During the spring and summer, grass grows very quickly and needs to be mown on a regular basis. You might find you are mowing your lawn on a weekly basis if you have the combination of warmth and rainfall that grass thrives on, or once every two or three weeks otherwise. It is important as many weeds can also thrive among the grass, and if they take a hold, they can be difficult to get rid of permanently. A good lawn-mower is an essential part of your garden equipment, so make sure you research which model would suit you lawn size before you buy one. Cordless mowers like these are more convenient than their corded counterparts and are also more eco-friendly.
There are many reasons why you need to keep your borders free of weeds. If you have flower borders – and they are a beautiful addition to any garden – then weeds can take hold in the spaces between, and they take away some of the nutrients in the soil that you need to keep your prized flowers growing. If you have a vegetable garden, you need to pay special attention, as any weeds that grow among your veg will serve only to reduce the quality of the crop.
Weeds also look unsightly and grow very quickly indeed, so you might need to very quick on your feet to keep up with weeds. The summer months are those in which you will find the worst problems, so we recommend keeping a small channel free between each of your plants so that you can easily remove the infant weeds with a hoe, making a tiresome job very simple.
One of the problems that is most annoying is that of fallen leaves. If you have trees on your property, you will know only too well the trouble that leaves can cause! They can get into the drainage system and cause untold problems. Blockages are often caused by leaves being swept in large numbers into drains and causing an obstruction, which can lead to flooding and more. Leaves also settle on the lawn and borders and can rot, which you don’t want if you are looking for a tidy and attractive garden.
You can resort to raking up the leaves – if you also have a pond, you’ll need to clear fallen leaves form the surface too – or use a leaf blower to blow them into one place where you can tidy the away and get rid of them.
There are many garden tips which will help keep your yard in good condition. Your hedgerows may also need to be kept in good order – trimming into shape is always necessary if you have fast-growing hedges in your garden – and you may have shrubs that need to be tended to, so that they can be kept in shape. Trees can also need maintenance, as they can become damaged by storms, so it’s worth checking them regularly for any damage.
Keeping a neat, tidy and well-maintained garden gives great satisfaction and means you have an outdoor area that you can use in fine weather, so consider the advice we have provided in this article and you’ll find that you can have a beautiful garden that looks the part all-year around.