Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your garden. Spring is all about planting new flowers and shrubs, rejuvenating your lawn if winter has left it looking less than lovely, and getting your garden looking gorgeous so that you can enjoy it during the summer months.
Some of the following ideas may require specialised garden tools, and if needed Talisman has a fantastic variety of high quality garden equipment for hire. Many of these projects however require nothing other than your imagination, and the willingness to get down and dirty in your garden!
Get your lawn sorted after winter
Winter can be hard on your grass, especially if you live in an area that has low winter rainfall. Before you even think of starting any new garden projects, you should be taking care of your lawn. Fertiliser and compost will give new life to your lawn. Spring will also mean new lawn growth that may have stopped during winter – so dust off the lawn mower and begin mowing regularly again now to encourage a lush, green lawn.
Shaped flower beds change a garden’s look
Spring is a great opportunity to change the look of your garden with a little landscaping, and changing the shape and size of your flower beds is a wonderful garden makeover. Before you dive in and start digging, draw out a plan of your garden that includes the beds you want to reshape. Decide if you want an organic look that follows the boundaries of your house and fence in lazy curves, or something more structured (like a formal garden). Use a spade to mark the new beds on the grass, and cut out portions of the lawn. A brush cutter is essential here to finish off the edges neatly and crisply.
Outdoor entertainment with a fire pit
Summer in South Africa is lovely day or night, so a welcoming outdoor entertainment area is a must for many home owners. If you have space near your patio, a fire pit is a super addition that you can actually enjoy all year round. You may need to rent gardening equipment and other specialised tools – but it is relatively easy to create a fire pit with some basic DIY skills.
Be clever with space in tiny gardens
If you have a very small garden, or even no garden at all you can still get into the swing of spring. Small spaces make for stunning structured pot plant and window box gardens. Stacked pallets can make a wall for creeping plant to climb on, or can be “shelves” for plants in pots and containers. Courtyard spaces are ideal for minimalist gravel gardens featuring succulents, cactus and other plant that require less soil and water.