Top Ways To Spruce Up Your Garden For Spring
It may still be a little frosty outside for many of us up and down the country, but don’t let that stop you from dreaming about the upcoming spring weather! As the days start to lengthen, our gardens come alive with wildlife and bright, blossoming flowers. And, with daffodils already making an appearance, we can all rest easy knowing that winter’s finally on its way out! With that in mind, what better time to start thinking about sprucing up your garden for spring than now?
It’s pretty fair to say that, while we’ve been spending more time at home, we’ve all grown to appreciate our outdoor spaces that much more. Whether you own acres of glorious greenery or a modest balcony space, your outdoor area deserves just as much TLC as the inside of your home - and we’ve got the perfect solutions for you! From green-fingered gardening tips to final finishing touches, here are some fabulous ideas to spruce up your outdoor space just in time for the long-awaited sunshine. So, dig out your sun lounger, pop on your favourite pair of sunnies, and get ready to wave goodbye to winter in style!
Bring the comfort of indoors, outdoors!
Does your idea of the perfect spring day consist of those mindful, quiet moments sat in the sun with a cup of coffee? Or perhaps a cheeky G&T with ice and a slice? If you answered yes to either of those, you need somewhere cosy and comfy to retreat to.
Setting up a seating area to sit back and take it easy is what gardens are for, and a comfortable garden furniture set is an absolute must-have for lovers of relaxation. From comfy twin seats to fully-loaded dining sets, these are ideal for all those quiet moments of bliss with a book or romantic alfresco dinners in the sunset. If you’re short on space, a comfy and versatile hammock that’s easy to build and take apart is just as sumptuous as a jam-packet set, and has the additional benefit of feeling straight out of a tropical holiday!
Top tip: If you don’t have a garage or shed to house your favourite outdoor furniture when the winter months roll back in, get your hands on some handy waterproof covers - we all know unpredictable the British weather can be!
Get your s’mores at the ready
To make the most of your space late into the night, a fire pit and outdoor string lights will quickly transform your garden into a cosy, social area that will be the envy of all your friends. What’s more, a firepit can be enjoyed at any time of the year, so if you’re particularly partial to a spot of fresh air, this is the perfect outdoor accessory for you. When it gets a little chilly, don’t retreat back indoors: grab some warm blankets, hot chocolate and marshmallows to toast, and you’re in for a super snug evening!
Add a brilliant burst of colour
For the green-fingered gardeners out there, adding colourful flowers will brighten up even the smallest of outdoor spaces. Adorn your plain walls and fences with hanging baskets filled with fuchsias, geraniums or lobelia placed in the sunlight where they will flourish and thrive. Just don’t forget that, unlike planted flowers, hanging baskets will rely on you for food and water!
Ready, steady, grow!
Keen to get growing? Preparation is key! Early spring is the perfect time to take action against weeds, and the damp soil makes it so much easier to pull them from the earth. Once you've prepped and preened, the fun part is picking out your favourite fruit and vegetable seeds to start planting!
There are plenty of leafy green vegetables that can be sowed before spring arrives, such as cabbage, lettuce and swiss chard. If you’re new to gardening but don’t want to miss out on an abundance of fresh, home-grown produce, there are plenty of books to get you started.
Gardening the organic way
If you love fresh produce, you don’t have to fork out on expensive allotment fees! With the right gardening tools to hand, it’s easy to grow your own fruit, veg and herbs from home, no matter the size of your garden.
Looking to fill all those gaps in your flower beds? Why not add some eye-catching levels and plant your produce in a tall planter box? Even better, with a deep bucket design for root vegetables, these make the perfect planters for all your favourite winter veg when the chilly season comes, so can be used all year round. Or, if you’re not blessed with ample space at your (green) fingertips, pop some smaller plant pots on a set of compact shelves and nurture your favourite recipe-enhancing herbs from seedlings to saucepan - the possibilities are endless!
Although going organic might sound a little daunting at first, it’s an easy process with many benefits. Not only is it a great introduction to sustainable living, but the lack of any nasty chemicals gives you the peace of mind that your garden is safe for your furry friends and wild visitors. Unlike synthetic fertilisers, an organic garden fertiliser is a great way to prevent water and soil pollution, all while supporting your garden’s growth and giving Mother Nature the respect she deserves.
Invite local wildlife into your garden
As spring makes an appearance, so does your local wildlife! If you love watching your wild visitors come and go, why not encourage even more activity with some bee friendly flowers? Not just for bees, these flowers will attract a whole host of fascinating insects into your green space, including beautiful butterflies. If you don’t have lots of space to plant individual varieties of flowers, get your hands on an all-in-one British wildflower seed mix. Bursting with a variety of vibrant wildflowers, these mixes don’t just look stunning, they also allow you to create a habitat that you can share with all the wonderful wildlife that your local area has to offer.
According to the WWF, almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination, so taking small steps to support these little creatures is certainly well worth it. You can even take it a step further and make your garden welcome home for insects by setting up an insect hotel. These rustic-looking shelters provide an eco-friendly way to support the natural habitat and they look great in any garden, too!
Bird watching from your back door
Starlings, blackbirds, blue tits and robins are just a few of the many wild birds that are likely to visit your garden. You may be wondering whether birds are good for your garden and the answer is a resounding yes! Birds reduce the need for pesticides by eating a variety of insects that would otherwise destroy your crops. Certain species of birds are also incredible pollinators for plants, encouraging your flowers to blossom while nurturing a healthy ecosystem in your back garden.
Birds need a mixture of seeds and nuts, fresh water and nesting spaces to make a happy home in your outdoor area. It’s important to remember that birdseed needs to be put into a suitable feeder at a reasonable height and distance from the ground so that you don’t attract any pesky unwanted predators. The cat next door, we’re looking at you!
We hope this blog has put some ‘spring’ into your step and inspired you to revamp your garden before the sunny season arrives. Looking for s’more? Check out our 5 simple ideas to improve your outdoor space while you’re here.
Remember, there’s no need to spend a small fortune on fixing up your garden. With a splash of creativity and a dash of DIY willingness, you can turn your outdoor space into a blossoming bounty of organically grown goodness!