As I posted a couple of days ago, we have started work in the garden, mainly finishing the driveway clean up and tomorrow take a trip to B&Q to find some pretty pots and planters that will brighten up our front garden. At the front it is all mainly driveway which is great as there is little upkeep as far as lawn is concerned but needs livening up a little which is where the planters etc will come in!
I know you can sometimes forget about the garden as the summer months go on but there are many ways of refreshing your garden to keep it looking perfect. We take a look at some handy hints from Sovereign Chemicals to keep your garden looking good all summer long.
Mowing the lawn
Summer is the ideal time to mow your lawn and help it to grow. Any moss or weeds that have started to spread should be removed early, so that the grass has time to fill out after the first few cuts, leaving a beautifully even green lawn.
When cutting the grass you should always follow the one third rule. Never cut more than a third of the blade of grass off in one go. Maintaining the grass and cutting little and often ensures the lawn is well kept.
A good dose of fertilizer will give a real boost to your plants, as they begin to grow with the lengthening days and the increasing temperature of summer months. You can also use fertilizer on grass to help it grow
Weeding is a never ending job in the garden, but removing weeds at this time of year stops them from propagating, which should reduce your workload in the coming months. Spring is the best time to do the weeding, soil is still moist from winter and weed roots are shallow, so they should be easy to pull out.
Tidy and compost
Once the last frost has gone, it is a good time to prune and tidy plants and bushes to encourage new growth. Remember to compost all your garden waste for future use.
Divide and transplant
Perennial plants often benefit from being split and transplanted, and this is the time of year to do it, just as they start their spring growth. By dividing in this way you produce extra plants to transplant to new areas of your garden.
It is always good to give them a clean and add fresh food, and re-hang them to attract a good range of local and migratory birds into your garden.
One way to keep your garden looking fresh is to restore your furniture. Give it a lick of paint or bring it back to new with sovereign wood stain. Both decorative and protective wood stain can embellish wooden features, both inside your house or in the garden.
The stains are transparent and breathable and enhance the natural beauty of the wood, be it window frames, tables or benches. For your garden there is the option to choose UV resistant, fungal resistant or water resistant properties.
While working with your paintbrush, don’t forget to touch up any painted pots or features where the paint may have become cracked or flaked over the harsh winter months.