A Guide to Garden Maintenance
There’s no doubt about it — we love our gardens in the UK. Whilst we might not be blessed with a huge amount of sunshine on these shores, when summer arrives, there are countless people across the country who are to be found tending their gardens.
One of the biggest challenges of having a beautiful garden is keeping it in shape. If left untended for too long, shrubs and plants will become overgrown, snails will eat your plants and weeds will start to take over.
Maintaining your garden doesn't have to be a huge amount of work but you should ensure that you do it regularly if you want to keep it looking at its best. There are certain key elements of garden maintenance that are listed below.
Steps for maintaining your garden
>> Keep on top of weeds — This is one of the most important aspects of garden maintenance. Once weeds start to take over your garden, they can be very difficult to remove so it’s better to take preventative measures.
Of course you may already have weeds in your garden that you need to deal with first.
When dealing with existing weeds, make sure you pull them up from the root so they don’t grow back. Weeds are very persistent, so if you don’t get them up from the root, they’ll find a way to pop back up. Once the weeds are removed, you can then spray weed eater in the areas they've been growing the stop them from reappearing
>> Mow the lawn at least once a week — Keeping your grass cut short doesn't just improve the appearance of your garden but also the health of the grass. When grass is overgrown, it doesn't allow for enough sunshine or rain to get through to the roots and it will therefore lose its vitality and colour. If you've ever mowed a lawn that was extremely overgrown then you’ll know the grass at base is usually very patchy and colourless.
>> Make sure plants get enough water — During periods of extended dry weather, it’s important to ensure that your plants get enough water. Without a good amount of water, your plants will start to become lifeless and droop. When watering plants, make sure you give them a healthy amount of water that goes all around the base of the plant, close to the stem so the water can get to the roots.
>> Clean any brickwork — With garden maintenance, it’s important to tend not only to the grass and plants in your garden, but also any brickwork. Cleaning brickwork doesn't have to be a difficult job. You can simply spray the brickwork with a hose and then let it dry off in the sun.
The author’s company provides garden maintenance services to clients throughout the UK. His articles on the subject inform readers of the steps they can take to keep their garden looking at its best.