Green Fingers – Getting to Grips with your Garden

The heat is on your skin and the sun floods your bedroom in the morning. Summer is here, temperatures are rising and the garden is beckoning you outside – it’s time to bask in it.

Sure, it can be frustrating. Our modern houses have left us desperately short of space but there is no reason to think you can’t create your own private paradise. Take the time this summer to make the most of your green space.

 

5 Things to Remember this Summer

 

1. SPRING CLEAN

You need to walk before you can run, whatever your ambition. Get rid of any unnecessary items and make sure you’ve got enough room to work in. You’ll quickly lose heart if the place looks cluttered and you feel like you’re tripping over yourself all the time. If your garage or garden shed is jam-packed, consider some of the things you won’t need during the summer and put them into storage – get a quote from us here:

 

2. WATER EVERY DAY

Keeping your garden and your containers watered becomes a daily challenge during the summer months. With so many demands on your time, it can seem like a tiresome chore but it’s essential and can be done before you go to work in the morning. Early morning or even late evening watering works best because it helps the water soak into the soil instead of evaporating. Avoid watering between 10am and 6pm.

 

3. SAVE WATER, SAVE MONEY

With water charges on the way, you might be tempted to cut back in the garden but a simple water butt can solve a lot of your problems and save you a lot of money. There’s no need to pour expensive water from a tap into your watering can – recycled rainwater collected in a water butt can be used for watering plants instead.

 

4. PEST CONTROL

They can be the bane of your life but you can easily set your own traps for slugs and snails. Place an elevated piece of wood – just a few inches off the ground – in a damp, shady area. It will attract those slimy creatures, as they will gather there, making it easier for you to dispose of them. Chemical baits are an alternative but be very careful if you have children or pets around the place.

 

5. GREEN GOLD

You might not think it but your grass clippings are invaluable. A mulching mower will chop the clippings into smaller pieces that are left on the lawn, recycling vital nutrients. Don’t throw away your clippings – they can also be used around vegetables and shrubs or simply added to your compost heap.