The spring sunshine is starting to peek out from behind what’s left of the winter clouds, and soon the best place to be will be outside in your garden. Unfortunately, your garden has been pretty neglected all winter, and as a result some things are overgrown, rusty, or just plain old eyesores. While you’re spring cleaning you garden, it may be time to look into a few garden enhancements to make sure you won’t be uncomfortable, or embarrassed, to spend time out on your patio.
Spring Clean Your Garden
Your home has recently had the benefit of being cleared of clutter and cleaned from top to bottom. Your garden also deserves the spring cleaning treatment. Dig out your gardening tools and spend a warmer day mowing the lawn, trimming your shrubs and trees, and digging out the weeds. You’d be surprised how a short trim of the overgrown leaves can make your garden look tidier, and possibly bigger. Cutting back the dead branches on the trees could even let more sunshine into your garden, making your afternoons far more enjoyable.
Open Up Your Patio
You’ve probably spent all winter looking out into your back garden, wishing the weather were nicer so you could be outside reading, or sipping drinks with your friends on the patio. As the days get longer and warmer, you can begin organizing a group brunch on your patio to celebrate the return of spring. You can make the patio more welcoming by investing in comfortable outdoor furniture and put up a few parasols to protect your guests from the harshness of peak sunlight hours. You could even go one step further and give the patio a makeover. Warm, honey-colored tiles will be much brighter and more reflective than dark grey concrete, not to mention less depressing. If the day goes well, you can begin to make plans for the summer BBQ that you’re sure to have on your patio this year.
The best part about being outdoors is being surrounded by nature. Nurture the plants in your yard by taking up gardening. You don’t need to aim for something as ambitious as trying to grow your own food if you’re a fairly inexperienced gardener. You can start with something simple like a flower bed, a tree, or a herb garden if you have your heart set on contributing something to the kitchen. These ideas can be done on a budget, and it can significantly reduce stress and improve overall fitness.
If you’d really like to invite nature back into your garden, try digging your own pond. Not only is it a great project for everyone to get involved, but ponds are very helpful for preserving wildlife. Once you’ve built a pond step-by-step, be prepared for animals to move in at an astonishing speed. If a pond sounds like too much, or your garden isn’t big enough, a bird bath will also attract nature and add an element of peace.