It’s been neglected in the winter months, but now the cold, dark season is more or less behind us, it’s time to unlock the garden shed and put those green fingers to work. But what if you need new supplies? Or are a gardening novice and don’t know where to begin? Here are our tips on getting your garden ready for the spring and summer without spending a fortune in the process…
A Quick Tidy Up
A nice border can change the whole look of your garden, but during the autumn and winter they tend to get a bit crowded with leaves and weeds. So before you start planting anything new, give them a bit of a spruce up by de-weeding and clearing out anything that shouldn’t be there.
Composting and Water Collection
One of the best things about having a garden is the fact you can utilise it to help make the world a better place in many different ways. When you’re writing your spring time to-do list, think about how you can make your garden work better for both you and the environment. An obvious addition in this respect is a compost bin, so think about installing one if you haven’t already. It will take a while to start producing anything resembling compost in decent quantities, so make sure you get in the habit of disposing of your veggie scraps on a regular basis.
But another addition you might not have considered is a water butt. This will collect your rainwater which you can then run off to use on the garden instead of heading for the mains tap – always a benefit to the environment, but also financially if your water supply runs off a meter. Water Butts Direct is an online specialist, giving you a wide choice of options at a number of different price points, and using our water butts direct voucher codes you can access an extra saving on your order.
Planting Seeds and Bulbs
Now is the time to start sowing, but make sure you check the details for each variety to ensure optimum planting time. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast just before you plant – even if you’re putting those bulbs in at the advised time, an upcoming cold spell might finish them off before they’ve even gotten started. But what to plant? Our Suttons Seeds voucher codes are a great option if you’re unsure, giving you a huge choice of vegetable and flower seeds, bulbs and bedding plants with some discounts thrown in for good measure.
General Garden Maintenance
As well as clearing out your borders, it’s a good idea to go over the whole outdoor space to see if anything needs fixing before the summer months. This includes mending any fencing before a small problem or fault escalates, giving that patio a deep clean and perhaps even giving the shed a lick of paint. If you’re short of tools for the job, Argos has lots of garden discounts currently available including money off a large choice of pressure washers with our Argos voucher codes.
It may seem like a daunting task, but once you’ve made a start, your garden will be looking tip top and prepped in no time. And once the warmer months are in full flow, you can search My Favourite Voucher Codes for more outdoor savings including garden furniture, dining and other accessories.
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By Anna Scott, 25th March 2019