Where to Start

It’s time to give your gar­den some TLC – fol­low our guide to get it look­ing top notch

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Af­ter the cold win­ter months, your gar­den is prob­a­bly feel­ing a lit­tle lack­lus­tre. So roll up your sleeves and get it look­ing ship­shape with our tips.

Clean up

Give hard ar­eas a thor­ough sweep, then get rid of weeds and moss us­ing a tool such as the Wolf pa­tio block weed brush, £12.99, Home­base. Next, use a hose to power-wash dirt and grime away. Treat stub­born slimy ar­eas with a scrub­bing brush and an or­ganic clean­ing prod­uct such as Al­gon Path and Pa­tio cleaner, £9.95 per 2.5ltr, Eth­i­cal Su­per­store.

Up­date fences

Check your gar­den’s bound­aries for any dam­aged fence pan­els or un­sta­ble posts and re­place them if nec­es­sary. Wickes has a good range, from £18 per panel. If your ex­ist­ing fence has faded, add a pro­tec­tive coat such as Shed & Fence Tim­ber­care, from £11.99 per 5ltr, Wickes.

Get weed­ing

Clear away any dead growth, leaves and de­bris from your beds. Dig out weeds and prune any strag­gly shrubs, en­sur­ing that you don’t cut be­neath the low­est new leaf growth on each branch.

Sort out your shed

On a dry day, re­move ev­ery­thing from your shed, so you can see all of your kit. It’s tempt­ing to use it as a dump­ing ground, so be ruth­less and take un­wanted items to the char­ity shop or tip. While it’s empty, vac­uum it, then put ev­ery­thing back neatly. Stock up on zinc tool clips (£1.79 for three, Home­base) and fit them to the wall so you can store tools safely.

Re­vive fur­ni­ture

Wipe down your gar­den fur­ni­ture with a cloth and a mild de­ter­gent, then leave it to dry in the sun­shine. For painted metal or wood pieces, gen­tly re­move any loose paint flakes us­ing sand­pa­per or a metal bris­tled brush, be­fore re­paint­ing for a fresh look. Treat wooden pieces with a nour­ish­ing oil or stain such as Varda colour­less wood stain, £6 per 0.5ltr, Ikea.

Save money – com­post your food waste at home and use on your gar­den. visit get­com­post­ing.com for dis­counted bins,from £17.98 for a 220Ltr one

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