Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, spring is just the right time to get everything prepared in the garden for the warmer summer months. The great news is that you don’t need a massive budget, just a little care and attention, some good imagination and perhaps a few well-chosen gardening tools.
You really don’t need to be a gardening expert either. If you’re a tenant, you may have agreed to maintain the garden as part of your contract and are now wondering what to do. While It might seem like a bit of a chore, lots of people find gardening is a chance to be creative. Developing and personalising this space can be extremely rewarding!
A word of warning though: if you are planning any major changes, such as digging up an important plant or tree or putting up some hanging baskets, you should always run it by your landlord first.
Even the smallest gardens can benefit from a good tidy during spring and with a little effort you can make any space look attractive.
Patios are often installed by landlords to make maintenance easier. These can look bland but the addition of a few pots here and there will improve the appearance dramatically. Head down to the local garden centre and you’ll see a host of different plants that are now beginning to flower. You can add more definition and individual style by including ribbons and bunting if you want to be really artistic, perhaps a few solar lights for those summer evenings as well.
Other gardens will have more substance. There might be a lawn which needs to be mowed regularly now that spring has sprung and the grass is growing. If you have flower beds, it’s time to clear the weeds and any debris, lay down a little fresh compost and prune any larger bushes and trees. If you have permission from your landlord to do some planting, you might want to choose specific varieties for your garden.
- How about creating a herb garden that you can use for cooking? You can plant all sorts, everything from basil and rosemary to sage and thyme.
- Maybe you want to create a wildlife garden. There are plenty of different seed types and flowers available that are not only very colourful but perfect for attracting bees and butterflies.
- You might even have enough space to grow your own vegetables. If you have a solid patio and want to try a little home farming, you can use a variety of sizes of pots to grow produce like carrots, strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce.
- If your landlord has old containers and they look a bit tired, try giving them extra life by cleaning them up and painting them.
Creating a space in the garden that is attractive and a comfortable place to spend those spring and summer evenings is easy. If there isn’t any garden furniture, there are cheap and great looking sets of tables and chairs available from local shops and online. A lot of course will depend on the space you have and what your landlord allows you to do with it. More than likely, he or she will be happy to see that you’re taking an interest in the garden and may even help you out with buying plants and other decorations.
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