Tips for having a desirable garden

With spring just around the corner and summer not far behind, it’s time to step up your gardening game and spruce up that neglected winter patch of yours. There are some great and easy ways to improve your garden without having to spend a fortune and here are some of them:

  • If you have an old tree stump in your garden, don’t be tempted to throw it away but leave it in situ and turn it into a mini garden. It will make a brilliant natural ornament and once the flowers bloom you’ll be glad you turned it into a centrepiece.
  • Got some old wine boxes lying around in the garage? Turn these into boxes for planting herbs in for a really rustic look full of country charm.

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  • You can even turn old tyres into pretty planters by painting them bright colours and planting flowers inside them. In fact many items can be made into planters and what a great way to reclaim an object that would otherwise be headed to landfill. Plant greenery in old typewriters or toys that the kids no longer play with. The only limit is your imagination.
  • If you have a creative or artistic streak then making garden ornaments can be a lot of fun. For example, spray painted chicken wire can be molded into many shapes and vintage glass can create beautiful light catching arrangements.
  • If you want to improve your garden with minimum effort then even activities like washing down the patio and a fresh coat of paint on the fences can breathe new life into your yard without too much effort.
  • Never underestimate the power of a neat, tidy patio and a good barbecue.
  • For the ultimate in garden makeovers, treat yourself to a Summer House. Any shape or size you fancy and for any purpose you desire, you could have your own bespoke space for summer entertaining or just relaxing. For Garden Summer Houses NI, visit
  • Add some decorative seating or a small iron table and chair to a quiet corner of your garden so you are reminded that the garden is not just for planting and pruning but also for quiet contemplation. Treat yourself to the opportunity to sit awhile and smell the lovely flowers and listen to the birds sing. Honestly, it’s good for the soul.

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  • Encourage wildlife into your garden and make it a haven for certain species. Birds, bees, butterflies, foxes, hedgehogs and squirrels will all use your garden if it make it welcoming. A little bit of planning can help in this respect. Bees are to be treated as garden royalty and investing in a bumble bee house will pay dividends. If you do have foxes then they will stick to a determined route. If you know what this route is then bear it in mind when planning your garden so as to avoid frustration on your part when they squash your new plants!

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