Although it might feel as though you’ve only just done your winter tidy-up, as the days get longer and evenings draw out, you’ll probably need to give your garden a little TLC.

If you’re wondering where to start with your springtime tidy-up, we’ve got your back. Here’s how you can get your garden ready for spring in no time.

1. Plan for summer

Summer might seem a way off yet, but it’ll come around before you know it! To have the garden of dreams that’s built for long summer evenings and eating alfresco, you’ll need to put the groundwork in now.

Start by buying your seeds and preparing your borders. Then, as the soil warms up, you can start planting vegetables – potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and spinach are a safe bet.

You should also plant the bulbs and plants that you’d like to appear come summer.

2. Make it welcoming

Whether it’s adding curb appeal to your front garden, or creating a space for relaxation, working, or fun in the back, creating a welcoming garden can help you spend more time outdoors.

If money is tight and you’re facing financial pressure, there are plenty of things you can do that cost very little. For example, if you already have a patio, simply give it a good scrub or pressure wash. Then, make sure your lawn is in good order. If you’d like to add a bit of drama, you can paint your fence, gate, or even front door.

If you’re planning on hosting summer BBQs, dinner parties, or just like being outdoors, you might want to create a larger outdoor space. For example, you might want to replace your garden furnishings, create an outdoor kitchen or add a fire pit.

If you’d like to go ahead with your garden project but want to spread the cost, work on improving your credit score to open up more borrowing opportunities.

3. Have a thorough spring clean

As well as scrubbing your paving slabs, it’s a clever idea to clean through any sheds or outhouses at the same time. Throw away or recycle anything you no longer need and check for pests.

Then, finish off by weeding in between gravel or paving slabs and trim trees and shrubs.

4. Take preventative measures

British summers are lovely – but they’re also unpredictable! So, it’s important to take steps to protect your garden from harm.

Although it might not sound like a big deal, if you’ve spent hours perfecting your garden’s design only for the weather to ruin it entirely, you probably won’t be best pleased.

So, protect your garden from weather damage by:

  • Tidying up
  • Trimming top-heavy flowers
  • Leaving the lawn alone until the weather is dry
  • Tidy away any loose items that could damage walls, fences, or your home

Then simply sit back, admire your handiwork, and enjoy the summer months in your pristine garden.


Now an editor with The Arches, Amelia has lived in the world of lifestyle media for more than a decade. When she isn't wielding her red pen, she's likely canning whatever's in season, listening to anything with a fiddle, or playing Uno with her

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