This week is National
Gardening Week – the
country’s biggest celebration of all things gardening, spear-headed by the RHS.
Whether you’re a green-fingered gardening guru channeling your
inner Alan Titchmarsh or Charlie Dimmock, or your talents lie elsewhere (we all
have that friend who can’t even keep a house plant alive), it’s true that us
Brits love a good garden. According to research, a well-maintained garden can
add an impressive 20
per cent to your
property value, so it’s definitely something worth investing in – both in terms
of time and money. Apparently we spend on average 86
minutes a week gardening – 147
days across our lifetime.
When you decide to put your house up for sale, there’s so
much to think about outdoor space can often get forgotten. But it’s worth
remembering how important it can be to potential buyers and making sure your
garden is looking its very best for any viewings. That said – most homeowners
want a relatively low maintenance garden, so don’t feel like you have to
recreate Kew Gardens! Kerb appeal is key, so don’t neglect any front garden
space, even if it’s not used much.
So, whether you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space
ready to put your house on the market, or you’re about to get stuck into the
garden at your brand new home, what are some easy wins to get your garden
Get weeding – Get rid of any stray plants which aren’t where they should
be! It’s amazing what a difference it makes, especially around paths and
Improve your grass – Over time it’s easy for your lawn to become more moss,
dandelions, thistles, mushrooms and weeds than grass. Treat it with a good
quality feed and weed killer or use specialist tools to tease them out.
out your soil – Getting your
hands dirty will give you more of an understanding of the type of soil you have
(Clay? Sandy?). Get digging and turning over the soil and add in some compost
to get it in tip top condition.
Colour me beautiful – A splash of colour brightens every garden. The easiest
plants to grow include fuschias, sunflowers, hardy geraniums, pansies,
lavender, clematis and begonias. Ideal for even the most hesitant gardeners!
Go potty – Pots are a great way of introducing some flowers and
plants even if you have no borders, and can be a colourful addition to a
garden. You can also take them with you if you move!
Invest in good storage – Like the inside of a house, a garden can
easily become cluttered, especially if you have children. Find some storage
which works for you – from a lockable chest to a full on shed – but pick good
quality ones which add to your garden rather than detract from it.
Furnish it – think about how you might use your garden. Would you like
a barbecue or pizza oven? Some comfy seating and a table will help you make the
most of your outdoor space – and think about where the sun is at certain times
of day to pick the prime spot to locate them.
Go edible – The theme of this year’s National Gardening Week is edible
gardens. So why not try creating a small patch for veggies or fruit or some of
your favourite herbs? Nothing beats food grown by your own hands!
Water water everywhere – Be consistent and water your plants enough,
but not too much. Mornings or evenings are a good time before the sun gets too
hot (although we are in the UK…). New plants need to be watered more frequently
until their root system properly develops.
Keep on top of it – Gardens aren’t something you can tend to once and then
forget about – you will need to keep up to it. Find time here and there to deadhead
flowers, trim back hedges and trees, water your plants, weed and look out for
any insect attacks or disease. Ten minutes every day will be much easier to
manage than a full weekend every other month!
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