If you’ve recently read my ‘Goals for 2016’ blog, then you know I plan to keep my house tidy! I think organisation will be a key feature of 2016, and I definitely need to extend that to the garden. With our little one now in the world, it’s time to start thinking about a place for him to play too.
January is a great time to start making plans, and I can get myself into gear before the summer arrives. Hopefully by then, we’ll have a lovely garden to enjoy as a family. Here’s what I’m planning.
The lawn – The lawn needs sorting out once and for all. Like many of you, our lawn has shriveled and died over the cold winter months. I imagine it will continue to get worse over January. But, as soon as the weather starts getting warmer, I’ll get stuck in! The first order of business is weeding. Getting rid of all the roots and leaves is tricky, but someone’s got to do it. I’ll sow some new grass seeds, and keep my eye on the growth. Regular mowing should keep it in check during the summer. (Maybe I can give Richard that job!)
Flowers – I love seeing a garden in full bloom, but it’s a labour of love to get that burst of colour. This year, I’m going to get it right. The first job will be researching all the best flowers for the spring and summer months, and getting the colour co-ordination right. As soon as the weather clears up, I’ll deadhead all the existing flowers, and carve out a few nice flower beds.
Fencing – Every house-owner is guilty of neglecting the fences in their garden. They’re not always at the top of the list, but they need repairing! Ours desperately needs new life breathing into them, that’s for sure. I’ve got my eye on a few fencing contractors, and we’ll have new ones installed later in the year. It’s the little things like this that really bring your garden to life.
Child friendly – As my regular readers know, we recently brought our little one into the world. It won’t be long before he’s crawling and exploring all over the place! The garden can be particularly hazardous for children, so we’ll make sure ours is safe and child-friendly.
I’m looking forward to Archer’s first birthday and having a big family BBQ in the garden!