GARDENING TIPS AHEAD OF SPRING/SUMMER
Garden chores can easily take a backseat when up against the time-consuming jobs we face indoors. However, with the bouts of spring sunshine breaking through, there has never been a better time to turn our outdoor space into the haven we adore.
Whether you're green-fingered all year round or just fancy sprucing up your outside area ahead of the summer months, our guide to happy gardening might come in handy.
A helping hand
Whatever you're tackling in those flowerbeds, it's important to invest in a set of strong and sturdy tools to get the job done effectively. If you're preparing a large patch for planting, opt for a long-handled fork to overturn the soil and really get stuck in. Dig out hand-held tools and trowels to tackle the smaller beds.
Pro Spade, Fork and Edger Kit, £94.95 at Halfords
Perhaps an obvious tip, but an important one all the same. Don’t forget that our plants and flowerbeds will need a good splash of water each day to grow and stay healthy, especially when the rain hasn’t graced them. It's best to leave this until the evening, when the most intense heat of the day has passed.
Hozelock Sprinkler, £14.99 at Robert Dyas
Plants to be proud of
Whether you like colourful flower beds, a vast veg patch or a perhaps a mixture of the two, it helps to learn when to plant seeds and how to care for them. With a little guidance, you'll be able to keep your flowerbeds blooming all year round.
Gardening Month By Month, £9.99 at Waterstone
Get your hands dirty
Or not. A strong pair of gardening gloves are a great investment, allowing you to carry out your outdoor chores without compromising the care of your hands. These are an especially good idea if you're a little bit weary of the soil's inhabitants!
Orla Kiely Potting Gloves, £14.95 at John Lewis
There's nothing nicer than a fresh green lawn in your garden, but it’s easier said than done. This is especially tricky if your lawn doubles up as the little ones' playground or dog-digging territory- so a helping hand couldn't go a miss.
Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn, £29.99 at Argos
Keep your tools and outdoor apparatus safe and protected from the sometimes not-so-glorious British weather by storing them away safely in a shed or summer house. If you feel it’s too beautiful to serve as a shed, then why not make this a special space to relax? You can unwind with a book, summer tipple or use it to simply admire all your hard work and enjoy your beautiful garden, come rain or shine!
Shiplap Timber Summerhouse, £394 at B&Q
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