With the first signs of spring coming around, it seems the ideal time to start thinking about your garden, and what you can do to ensure yours is fit for the warmer months ahead
That's prompted the gardening experts at BillyOh.com to compile a list of easy to follow steps that are sure to get your outdoor area prepared for the months to come...
1. Leaf clear-out
Be sure you sweep away any leaves or branches that have built up over the last couple of months. Not only does this give the garden a super-fast facelift, but also helps you to identify exactly what you need to do within the garden.
If you have anything in your garden that is dragging it down (and this includes old toys, tools and weeds), get rid! Be sure to prune back your existing plants so you can restore them to their former glory too, and make the most of the greenery you do have too.
3. Replace and invest
Pick out your tools which have seen better days and then invest in the pieces that need replacing. By having the necessary tools, everything becomes simpler and easier.
4. Power up
If your paving slabs, bricks or decking is in need of a refresh, give it a power wash - it's a quick way to sort out anything which could do with a scrub.
Dry weather will give you a great chance to re-paint or re-stain items like a fence or gate - you essentially bring it to life for next to nothing.
6. Feed the soil
Early Spring is the ideal time for providing your garden with a serving of fertiliser. The next time it rains, you should spread out some slow-release fertiliser, as this breaks down the roots, and also helps new plants to grow when they get planted.
7. Grow your own
With spring being the season of new life, it's a perfect time for planting vegetables and flowers, so they're ready for the summer months, and in the process, provide some much-needed colour.
8. Plan ahead
Once you've done your hard work, it will be crucial to make sure you have a well-maintained area where you carry out clear-outs as required, and water plants as necessary. You should also make a planting schedule for the rest of the year to help you to maximise your outdoor space.