Get ready for summer with our seasonal gardening tips

May is simply the best time of year to spend a few hours in the garden making it ready for those long summer evenings and warm weekends, so you can enjoy it with the family and friends. Here at Cassidy and Tate we know how important it is to make the best of your garden when you are thinking about selling you home. A fabulous garden is a high priority on most buyers’ lists as there is nothing more off-putting than a knee-high lawn and overgrown flower beds full of weeds. Here is our top 10 checklist for the perfect back garden whether you are going to ‘Love it or List it’.
  1. Keep your lawn mown. A weekly cut is best at this time of year. There is no need to set the blades too low as closely clipped grass suffers in very dry weather and goes brown very quickly in drought.
  2. Keep the edges of your lawn neat with a regularly trim with edging shears.
  3. Weed frequently, digging out perennials weeds such as creeping buttercup and dandelion and hoeing annual weeds before they take a hold.
  4. Fill pots and containers with colourful annual bedding plants such as geraniums, marguerites, busy lizzies, lilies and fuchsias – whatever takes your fancy. Keep well watered and dead head fading flowers frequently to ensure summer long blooms.
  5. Add a couple of hanging baskets either side of the front door. Fill with trailing annuals. Water and feed regularly to keep them looking at their best.
  6. Early spring and summer flowering shrubs can be pruned before the end of June to keep them in shape. These include lilac, forsythia, amelanchier, philadelphus, exochorda and ribes.
  7. Plant colourful bedding plants to fill up gaps such as lobelia, petunias, begonias, cosmos and daisies.
  8. Pressure wash patios and decking taking care not to blast away the pointing.
  9. Clean your outdoor furniture giving wooden tables, chairs and benches a fresh coat of wood stain.
  10. Give the shed a coat of exterior preservative. There are lots of shades which complement shrubs and flowers and don’t forget to check the roof felt.
A well-tended garden not only shows off your home but is also a sign that you care for your property. After all the front garden is the first thing your prospective buyer will see. You don’t have to be a Monty Don or a Chris Beardshaw to succeed. There are plenty of experts at your local garden centre only too happy to help and give you all the right advice. Fortunately there are some great places to buy plants in and around St Albans and for that impulse buy there is always St Albans market.

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