You take a lot of pride and joy in your garden, and, of course, you want to keep it looking fantastic all year round. However, how can you make this happen – especially when you always seem so busy? Keeping gardens looking great will take time and effort, and you have to be prepared to put in the work.
Start Creating an Action Plan
No matter how small or large your garden is, you are going to need an action plan to follow. Without an action plan, you will not focus your efforts on the areas where time and energy are needed the most. An action plan will allow you to see what the most important jobs are and, of course, when these will need starting or completing. A gardening action plan will cover at least the next 12 months, and it will cover everything from those larger jobs of laying a patio through to the smaller jobs such as weeding in the spring.
Focus on Tidying and Maintenance
Investing your time in maintaining and tidying your garden is a chore that is always going to pay off. Tidying even for a few minutes a day is going to help you keep on top of dropped leaves or on track with your pruning. It is also important that you focus on maintenance, too, as well as tidying. When you plan out maintenance, you can ensure that everything works and functions as it is supposed to. For example, maintaining hoses and garden tools will keep them performing at their best. If you are not maintaining your gardening tools, you will find you will be spending longer gardening – which is OK in those finer months but not so much fun in the depths of winter.
Don’t Overlook Those Colder Months
To have a beautiful garden, you must be prepared to put in the work in all seasons and weather conditions. Those colder months can also be a time to get out there and enjoy your garden, so make sure you prepare your garden for use all year round. When you are thinking about how to prepare your garden for winter, you must start taking action in those milder and drier months. Start pruning back shrubs that need some protection over winter. And plan out what you can do in those colder months. For instance, you may not be able to mow the grass, but you may still be able to treat it for weeds and pests.
Plant For All Year Color and Fragrance
To enjoy your garden and keep it looking at its best, you may want to consider planting for all-year color and fragrance. This may mean planting hardier shrubs, and it may mean rotating pots and hanging baskets. When you plant for all year color and fragrance, you can be sure that you can enjoy your garden at all times. You can also be sure that you are creating a fantastic habitat for nature and wildlife too.