The big CLEAN-UP

What to do in the gar­den now.

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Garden Inspiration -

1 DECLUTTER Think about what you like and want to hold on to. Re­place any­thing that’s look­ing dated, such as or­na­ments or fur­ni­ture, and if plants are look­ing tired, get rid of them, too.

2 WASH Paved ar­eas will ben­e­fit from a good clean with a scrub­bing brush dipped into a mix of warm wa­ter and dish­wash­ing liq­uid. Metal, resin and rat­tan fur­ni­ture can be washed with warm soapy wa­ter, too, as can your pots and planters. Re­move moss or de­bris on slabs with a jet-wash cleaner on a low set­ting. The Kärcher K4 Clas­sic High Pres­sure Cleaner, R3 999, Makro,

is both pow­er­ful and easy to use.

3 PAINT If fences, sheds, or gar­den fur­ni­ture are look­ing jaded, now’s the time for a fresh coat. Treat soft­wood fur­ni­ture with a stain, such as Woodoc 30 Clear Low Gloss Poly­wax Sealer, R238 for 1ℓ, Builders Ware­house. Like pops of colour? Try Du­lux Gloss Enamel Azure Blue, R181/ℓ, Builders Ware­house; while Du­lux Gloss Enamel Whis­per Grey, R439 for 5ℓ, The Paint Place, is good for a more muted palette. 4 FEED Keep your ever­greens lush with a spring feed. Try Kirch­hoffs Mar­garet Roberts Or­ganic Su­per­charger, R81,71 for 500ml, gar­den­goods.co.za

5 MOW Set the blades high for the first cut. If you dread this task, ro­botic mow­ers are the next big thing. The Husq­varna Au­to­mower 105, from R18 999, husq­varna.com, can be set to cut grass while you sleep! >>

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