While we’re deep in the winter now, Spring is on its way. When the world starts thawing out a little, and the sun makes its presence known again, we have room to enjoy our gardens once more! It does take a little room to prepare for that in advance, however, and so understanding where to get started can be a great help. This is particularly true if you’re a new homeowner, and you’ve only had a garden for a year or so.
It’s not just the hard ground that will now thaw a little, but also the fixtures in your garden which can be affected by the cold. In this post, we’ll discuss a few changes you can make to ensure your garden is as beautiful and comfortable as it deserves to be. Who knows, perhaps this time in a few months, you’ll be laughing with your loved ones and eating warm meals in the garden once more!
Without further ado, let’s begin:
Restore Those Water Features
Water features can be especially damaged by the cold if not properly maintained over the winter. In some cases, frozen pipes, pumps, and other lines can cause issues. That’s why it’s so important to cover up the fixture in the middle of winter, or even disconnect it and store it in a shed over the colder periods. With hot tub maintenance, you can ensure that your garden fixtures are restored to working order. You can also do this with fountains, ponds, and certainly swimming pools which may need a quick inspection to get back into working order once more. Once the water starts flowing and the plants start blossoming again, you can be proud to see your green space in full glory once more.
Double Checking Irrigation & Water Runoff
When the ice is melting and the spring showers come to the fore, now is the best time to check the water runoff to make sure that your systems are working correctly. Gutter cleaning, emptying drains where necessary, updating your rain garden where appropriate, and reinstalling irrigation systems for your veg patch (like water sprinklers) can be a great method of ensuring water is running where it should be. That can help you prevent property damage, while also ensuring function is maintained.
The Big Clean & Tidy Up
You’re not going to push your vacuum cleaner around your garden anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t clean it well. Pulling any leftover straggler weeds from the last summer, power washing your garden path, refilling your path with wood chips where they might have blown around the garden, removing dead leaf mulch, having your windows cleaned, cleaning any outdoor lighting fixtures, and oiling the main gate are all examples of small touch-ups that make the most difference over time. Simply having all that cared for can save you a great deal of time, and prevent issues from frustrating you as time goes on.
WIth this advice, you’ll be sure to renew that garden for Spring.