How to declutter your garden

If you’re lucky enough to own a garden, it can be a great addition to your home and even act as an extra space to live in during periods of nice weather. Sitting outside for breakfast in the summer sun, lounging on a reclining garden chair and reading a book or just playing with your kids … however you plan to enjoy your garden, it needs to be a clutter-free, useable space.

If your garden is looking a bit unsightly at the moment, here are 5 top tips for decluttering your garden.

1. Get rid of any rubbish

Damaged plant pots look unsightly and are neither used nor ornament! Pick them up, store any useable soil in bags and add the rest to the rubbish bin. If you’re quite creative, you could always repurpose your broken pots to make mosaics … If not, make a trip to the tip or recycling facility and get rid of anything that cannot be used again.

Check both front and back garden areas for litter that might have been thrown, and get rid of any balls or other toys that are broken and seen better days.

2. Sort the greenery

With everything stored away nice and tidy, it should be easier to get to work on what needs doing to the plants and grass in your garden. Start by mowing the grass (check it first for things like rocks, toys or pegs that might be hidden in the long grass) and edging it neatly.

Then work through the borders to get rid of weeds / stray grass; use a hand fork or trowel to dig up roots and put the weeds and grass into a garden bin liner. Don’t expect to be able to do this in one hit, it will take time and can be hard work, but it’s really rewarding when it’s done and easy to maintain if you check back for regrowth once a week. Add any flowers or plants you like to fill out the borders or plant pots and add some colour to your beautiful garden.

Double-check for, and get rid of, any deadheads on your existing plants (especially on rose bushes, azaleas and peonies), and trim back any shrubs that are becoming overgrown. Trim back any hedges or trees that overhang the garden or neighbouring properties/streets.

3. Sort out your shed or storage spaces

Your shed or storage boxes are probably full of access roes, gardening tools, outdoor toys, and not to mention some garden furniture. Take everything out and organise it into those categories, discarding anything that is either broken or that you won’t use again. Rubbish can be piled up ready to take to the tip or recycling facility; excess items can be taken to charity shops or sold/gifted locally or online.

When you have organised the contents, return them to the shed or storage box neatly, leaving as much room as you can for more items or just so that you can easily access what’s in there already. You could add hooks to the walls to hang up larger tools such as spades and hoes, and use labelled storage boxes for smaller hand tools or items such as slug pellets, plant food or compost.

4. Now have a good tidy up

Go round your garden meticulously, gathering up toys and equipment: anything that should be stored away. If you have children who play in the garden a lot, it’s worth investing in a toy box that they can access easily - it might be a tough job, but try to train them to put their toys back in the box at the end of each day!

Store everything else in the shed or storage box, keeping things that you use most often (such as

trowels, lawn mower and hedge trimmers etc) to the front for easy access.

If you find you have more tools and furniture than will fit into your shed, or if you don’t have enough room to store your garden furniture over winter, consider using a self-storage unit for a few weeks or months to keep everything safe, clean and dry.

5. Place your garden furniture

If you have a lot of garden chairs, only put out enough for however many people will usually sit in them! Keep the others in the shed for when you have more guests. Put your garden table and chairs in an area that’s sunny or shaded, whichever you prefer, and make sure the cushion pads are clean and dry. Store the cushion pads indoors overnight, every night, to avoid mildew.

Now, relax and sit back, enjoy your garden and feel proud of all your graft!

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