6 Tasks to Get Your Garden Ready for 2019

There’s a well-known saying: fail to prepare – prepare to fail; and this couldn’t be more true than in the garden. If green-fingered people neglect their backyards during January, they could regret it later in the year and find there too far down the line to make desired changes.

The team behind online garden centre GardeningExpress.co.uk have revealed six tasks that gardeners should undertake in January, to ready their backyards for the next twelve months.

Advice to help households lay firm garden foundations for 2019 includes grabbing a pen and paper, giving the shed a once over and persuading Cats to look elsewhere for a toilet.

Gardeners who leave such tasks until later in the year could find it’s too late and that their backyard may have already become, for example, worryingly disorganised or a cats’ toilet.

So experts have encouraged nature loving families to stay one step ahead of potential problems by ticking off the list of tasks as soon as possible.

1. Get cutting

After a cold December of neglect, backyard lawns will need sprucing up with a quick trim in January, or risk becoming an overgrown mess as spring dawns.

If the garden has trees, large hedges or shrubbery, they should also be given any necessary cutting before significant growth restarts in warmer weather.

2. Start composting

Refreshing and restarting the backyard compost bin or heap for the new year will facilitate the best quality organic fertiliser later in the year.

For first-time composters, January is the ideal time to begin building up a pile of organic waste, that can be spread on soil to give plants a nutritional boost when they need it throughout the coming twelve months.

3. Lend birds a hand

Gardeners should use the onset of another year to resolve to lend a hand to birds in their backyards, by installing a bird feeder, a bath or bowl for water and a box or shrubs for shelter.

Failure to do this promptly could leave birds vulnerable to the worsening wintery conditions; they might, too, remember they weren’t helped during the colder months and head to a neighbour’s garden instead if they survive until spring blossoms.

 4. Grab a pen and paper

Maintaining a great outdoor space should start inside households, with a trusty notepad, some fresh ideas and a whole heap of organisation.

Keep on top of garden tasks throughout 2019 by sitting down during January to produce a detailed and timed plan.

On top of organisation, research is vital to lay frim foundations for the year ahead; seek advice from friends, family, public gardens or the internet.

5. Give the shed a once over

The start of a new year is also the perfect time to update backyard supplies for the changing conditions over the months ahead.

Fix any broken tools, make any new purchases as soon as possible and restock shed supplies to make the most of the garden during 2019.

It’s vital, too, to properly organise outdoor supplies and tools to avoid confusion later and the year, and to treat wooden sheds with a protective coat of varnish to make sure they are well protected.

6. Stop feline visitors

Next door’s cat can be put off from using the backyard as a toilet with natural obstacles such as well-placed pine cones or branches at potential garden entrances.

Peel from citrus fruits or spare coffee granules placed in backyard borders will also deter feline visitors via their noses, whilst a layer of chicken wire carefully positioned under mulch in flowerbeds will make trying to enter the garden uncomfortable for cats.

It’s necessary to take these anti-feline measures as soon as possible though, to avoid a messy mass clear-up operation in the future.

Krysta Jakson

Krysta is an experienced blogger, writing blogs on lifestyle, fashion, beauty and travel. She wonderfully describes the latest trends on these topics, making the articles interesting for all the readers.

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