Spring is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to start getting your garden back in tip-top shape. I wrote here about my passion for fresh flowers, but another reason why summer is lovely is that it’s a great time to get the kids playing outside while adults enjoy a drink (or two) on the patio.
A little springtime work here and there can ensure you’ve got the perfect garden for the summer ahead. And with some creativity and resourcefulness, you’ll be able to do it on a budget. Warm up those green thumbs, because here are some great thrifty tips to get your backyard summer-ready.
Prep your soil
A blooming garden in the summer has its foundations on good, healthy soil, so it makes sense that preparing your garden soil is the best springtime investment you can make.
At this time, your garden will likely bear the signs of winter wear and tear, meaning lots of dead leaves, bits of tree branches, and even some fence panels once the snow starts to go away. Clear these out first once the weather allows and get started on weeding your garden to prevent them from ousting your budding plants down the road.
Afterwards, till your soil to aerate the beds and introduce some nutrient-rich compost to your garden. Not only can this promote healthy growth among your plants; it also costs next to nothing since you’ll only be using things you would normally throw out. Natural Living Ideas explains that everything from coffee grounds and fruit scraps to dry leaves and cardboard make great materials for your composting bin. You can even use cooking or old fish tank water as a nutrient-rich, cost-effective option for watering your plants.
When it comes to planning the plants in your garden, there are a variety of factors you need to consider, such as the size of your garden, amount of shade, and what kind of soil you have.
If you love flowers too, consider perennials that bloom all summer and create a fantastic backdrop to your outdoor activities. In their list of best long-blooming flowering plants, The Spruce recommends the low-maintenance and gorgeously tinted Stella de Oro, as well as the tough but delightful Shasta daisy. Lavender is also a durable, inexpensive, and great-smelling choice, while the bright magenta coneflower is known to bloom even in the toughest soil and water conditions.
For a fun project with your children, consider growing some strawberries and raspberries. They’re cheap, easy to care for, and very kid-friendly. Try and look into other useful plants as well. Lemongrass, for example, naturally keeps mosquitoes away from you and your family.
Once you’ve decided on your plants, simply decide on a place for everything and think about how many pots or raised beds you need to have. Instead of buying pots and planters, House Beautiful Magazine suggests using old drawers as planters and even old newspaper and tissue rolls as starter pots for your seedlings to save money.
Make it welcoming
Finally, make your garden an inviting outdoor space. Pre-season sales during spring means you can get great deals on things you need in the summer, so make sure you make the trip early this year.
If you don’t have one yet, consider building a deck area that’s perfect for spending time with your family and socialising with friends. These also serve to even out sloped gardens and extend the liveable areas in your home. Keep an eye out for durable decking kits that are easy to set up. The decking packs on Screwfix last the for up to 15 years, giving you good value for money while ensuring that your family and guests have a great place to enjoy the summers for years to come.
Cap everything off by adding chairs and tables, as well as décor to incorporate your personal style and make the garden look lovelier. Consider installing outdoor mirrors to expand the space and complement your greenery, as well as inexpensive fairy lights to give your garden an enchanting appearance in the summer nights.
Let me know how your springtime garden prep is going in the comments below!