We may indeed be right in the middle of winter here in the northern hemisphere, but braving the cold of the iciest days, there is no better time than in the middle of winter to lay the groundwork for your spring garden makeover. In the same way that fitness freaks will tell about summer bodies being made in winter, summer gardens are also made in winter, with the pivotal peak point of the makeover period coming in spring.
So, keeping in mind that tomorrow is perhaps the best day to get the ball rolling, here is your spring garden makeover guide. We take a look at areas including the green base of the garden and whether or not you should add some teak garden table and chair sets!
The winter groundwork
The wintertime groundwork you’ll be laying simply entails taking in your stride how the garden seems to prepare itself naturally for the change of the seasons, the next of which will be spring. What this means is as the trees shed their leaves, don’t leave them to pile up. Rake them away and remove all other excess plant matter.
Be careful not to remove those flowers which are known to look like their completely dead in the winter, but miraculously come back to life every summer. Generally, though, you won’t need to worry about removing any dormant and seemingly dead plant matter. The important bits which are dormant are usually out of sight.
Working on the green base
Workaround the evergreen plants and trees, gradually shifting your attention to those perennial plants and trees whose green hue will return as soon as the warmer weather makes its return. When it has that yellowish-brown appearance is the best time to work on something like your lawn as it’s easier to shape and trim it to the way you want it to be in full bloom.
Build some functionality into your garden
Otherwise invasive species which you let be on account of them not looking as bad as what you might thought must go. These and notoriously hard-to-maintain plants should make way for a space in the garden which is going to be more functional, like perhaps some vegetable crops for some fresh produce.
You can also make your garden more functional by perhaps planning the introduction of functional garden furniture, with the likes of park benches, garden loungers and even a teak garden table and chair set for al fresco dining.
Something like a lawn whose functionality is around helping to prevent soil erosion makes perfect sense, otherwise, think deeply about what some plants “do.” If they don’t “do” much then they can most definitely make way. After all, springtime comes with renewal and new beginnings, with the weighty flab of winter shaken off across the plant and animal kingdom.
Make preparations for a leaner garden which is lighter and has more breathing space to flourish.
Trim, trim and trim some more
This can be achieved by some trimming, which goes back to the step of working with your green base plants. This spring, if there’s anything in your backyard that you don’t “need,” put it away or discard it.