10 cost-effective garden tips for Summer 2014

10 tips for a great gardenIn terms of gardening, tips need not only be found at the end of the asparagus you’re growing in your raised beds.  No, here at Cheshire Artificial Grass we supply our own gardening tips… alongside rather poor puns.

And don’t worry about “forking out” a fortune.  Many of these ideas come free.  So check out these ideas for an outdoor MOT,  turning your garden around, and giving you somewhere to enjoy these precious weeks of summer.

1 Start off by getting out into the garden to have a good look around.  Check what plants are in trouble and have a think what you can do to bring what you have, back up to its best.  It might just be a case of a good water and some feed, and some kind words from Dr Gardener, or perhaps moving some plants around to give them a change of scene.

2 Conversely, if there are plants that aren’t doing well… get rid.  Life’s too short and your garden too important to support strugglers and stragglers.  Equally, you may have a small garden, in which case there won’t be the space to accommodate shabby plants.  Your garden is a sanctuary, not a horticultural rehab centre.

3 Don’t trust everything to your own eye.  Experts say it’s always helpful to photograph the garden as well.  Looking over the resulting images will help you plan your garden design and it will also help you see things you hadn’t noticed before.

4 Once you’ve done the MOT and had a good look under the hood of your garden, have a think about what plants might thriving enough to be divided.  Geraniums and grasses, for instance, may well be doing grand, so if you divide and then replant, you can help the garden evolve at its own pace.

garden toolsWho needs a garden centre?

5 Forget expensive garden centres and have a think what you might be able to plant yourself.  Fresh seeds usually do better than ones out of packets so get back out into the garden and see what seeds are self-propagating… and then get them going.

6 Make sure you label all your plants comprehensively (and legibly).  Unless you really know your way around a begonia, make sure you have a system and everything is in order.

7 Once you have everything correctly labeled consider swapping some of your plants with those of a fellow gardener.  A simple cutting from one of your plants, exchanged for something that would look good in your garden, makes for a cost-free and fun way of developing your outside spaces.

8 Compost.  Perhaps the ultimate freebie.  Make sure you don’t throw away any of your food scraps, such as veg peelings and fruit skins.  Instead, start collecting them in a small container in the kitchen and then, once full, transfer that to your compost heap, built from old pallets.  Turn it once in a while and then each summer this compost will really help your bedding soil develop.

9 Have a look at the borders in your garden.  If there seems to be real gaps in your planting, move a pot over to fill the gap.  You will want to do something more permanent in the long run but short term, it’s a good way of balancing up a border.

10 Finally, make sure the lawn is neat and tidy.  Better still, if you never want to see a lawnmower again, and your own lawn is proving as unruly and unmanageable as an adolescent child, consider replacing it for good… with a gorgeous artificial lawn from Chester Artificial Grass.

Give one of our experts a call… it might just be the best decision you make this summer!