Spring is a magical season of new growth and reawakening – a time where we can leave behind the cold days and long nights of constant confinement indoors and we can start to venture outside. For many of us, our gardens are our happy place – a sacred sanctuary where we can forget all the stresses of our busy lives and be at one with nature. At Armitstead Barnett, we pride ourselves in marketing the finest properties in the North-West and know only too well that first impressions count. For many buyers, kerb appeal is as important as ever so having a tidy and well-kept garden is an absolute must.
We have compiled a list of top tips to help make light work of these jobs this weekend –
- Hoe hoe hoe – Most people don’t like weeding but now is the best time to get on top of your borders and prevent annual weeds from taking root. Clear your borders and hoe regularly.
- The first trim – With temperatures warming up, the grass has now started to grow. For the first trim of the year just aim to ‘top’ your grass by mowing on the highest setting and then gradually reducing the length over the coming weeks. If you prefer the more natural look then why not consider joining in with ‘No Mow May’ to benefit insects and other wildlife.
- Scarifying – Everyone dreams of that bowling green look for their lawn. Grass can suffer over the winter and can benefit from a good rake to bring out all the moss and thatch. Forget the gym – this can be a workout on its own and you will have abs of steel in no time!
- Bedding plants – Half hardy annuals such as cosmos and zinnia can now be sown and propagated indoors until all risk of frost has passed. Growing your own flowers from seed is a great alternative to buying potted plants later in the season – it also costs a fraction of the price!
- Embrace the good life – Get sowing crops such as tomatoes and chillies to give yourself an abundant supply, come summer. You will also benefit from a warm smug feeling the next time there are shortages at the supermarket!
- Tools – Make sure that important tools such as lawnmowers and hedge trimmers are in fine fettle for the demands that lie ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to make repairs or get tools serviced before you need them.
With a bit of luck and through following these tips, hopefully maintaining your garden does not feel like a chore. As we head into the warmer months, you must not forget the most important thing of all – to enjoy your garden! Make sure to take time out of your day to relax and enjoy the space you have created and lovingly nurtured – be it over a morning coffee from the kitchen window or a glass of wine in the early evening sitting on the patio – cheers!
Alexander Blundell MNAEA
Office Tel: 01704 895 995