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Thorny Issues: Tackling Your Garden This Summer

Chances are that your garden has been a little neglected through the winter months. The kids aren’t all too interested in playing out back when it’s cold and there’s rain. Chances are that you don’t really want to be pushing the lawn mower around in the bad weather either. However, with summer here and the sun shining down on us, it might be about time that you begin to think about sprucing up the backyard. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Your garden will be in great condition in no time, becoming a perfect playground for your children and a great space for entertaining family and friends!

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Green Fingers

First things first, it’s time to get your gardening gloves on and give your garden a real clean up. Pieces of rubbish might have blown in during the winter months, so start picking up any trash and put it in your recycling bins. Also, clear up any pet waste that might have mounted up. Even if you have no pets of your own, remember that neighbouring cats are often guilty of using others’ garden space as a litter tray, so keep an eye out regardless. Once everything is cleared up, mow the lawn and use a strimmer to cut the grass down in harder to reach places, like corners and the edges of fencing. Pull up weeds which might have established themselves between concrete slabs. Replace any fence panels that have been knocked down or damaged in windy weather. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can always hire a landscape gardener to do these basic chores on your behalf.

Make Things Beautiful

Once everything is neat and tidy, you can start focusing your efforts on making the space as attractive as possible. This means plenty of bright flowers and luscious plants. If you don’t have much space, try out window boxes and climber plants. These keep nature close to your home by making a beautiful display while taking up minimal room. If you have a little more room to spare, try making raised flower beds out of garden railway sleepers. These will keep your plant life contained, making your flora and fauna easier to maintain than sprawling displays.

Set Up a Paddling Pool

Kids love to splash about in a pool when the weather gets hot. So set up a paddling pool for them to cool off in. There are designs suitable for children of most ages. For toddlers, try out a shallow paddling pool. For older kids, you can get deeper pools that they can actually swim in! Remember to keep the water clean by scooping out any debris and following the cleaning instructions included in the box. Also, make sure that children are supervised at all times when they are in the pool or even just near the pool.

If you follow all of these steps, your garden will be a haven for you, your kids and local wildlife too! It doesn’t take much time and will be worth every ounce of effort and penny invested.