Ultimate gardening guide for sprucing up on a budget for outdoor living – Irish Mirror


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Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.With daffodils blooming, spring is truly in the air, it’s time to spruce up the garden for post-lockdown fun and frolics. With these simple steps you can transform your outdoor space into an alfresco paradise and pimp up your garden on a budget. We’ve teamed up with Super Garden judge and Laois native Brian Burke. With over 20 years experience in landscaping and gardening here’s Brian’s top tips on sprucing up your garden. 1. Rejuvenate the lawn It’s been a long winter so spring jobs are so important. The first thing to do with your lawn is a high cut; the first mistake some people make is they cut the grass and cut it too low. Get your lawn mower serviced, blunt blades can damage your lawn, get a weed treatment and an organic fertiliser. We’re very proud of the lawns and they’re a centrepiece of the garden, they provide entertainment for all the family. 2. Cultivate your beds If you have existing beds you can spruce them up and it’s a great time to get in that organic fertiliser and to apply organic mulch. The finer the mulch the better, it makes plants look good and controls the temperature of the root zone on plants. It suppresses weeds so it does a multitude of things. 3. Go wild Get the kids involved planting vegetables, sunflower and wildflower seeds. Colour is really going to transform your space. Small veg like spring onion and radish are so easy to grow too. I’m trying to plug the importance of planting Irish bred and Irish grown plants. We’re encouraging people to plant for biodiversity so consider giving over a section of your garden to a wildflower patch, you can create an annual bed every year. The seeds are very cheap and it will encourage more pollinators, creating a more dynamic kind of a garden. 4. Jazz up your garden furniture I always prefer wooden garden furniture, it has a rustic look. Many people go for a PVC wicker effect purely for maintenance. There’s a bit of work with wooden furniture, it requires a bit of resealing and repainting, but it lends the garden a more natural and rustic look. It’s the nature of wooden furniture that it needs to be sanded down and reworked. 5. Get gardening One thing illustrated by 2020, the year of the first lockdown was the central role of the garden. We look to our garden to play in our lives, the amount of entertainment, fun and enjoyment the garden provides. People you’d never expect gardening were out, we’re at the same again this year. 6. Lighting You can go cheap and cheerful and do solar fixtures or you can go elaborate and get permanently wired fixtures. You can get the light sent upwards and downwards now. You can get lights to go in around the planting, so weave around them. The beauty of them is you can position them under large shrubs or trees and pivot the direction of the light to create shadows with the foliage of trees and plants. A well positioned series of ground lights in amongst the beds is a great touch too. 7. Shelter There was a huge uptake on wooden structures last year and we are seeing it again. We’re all familiar with the concept of a pergola, it originated in the Mediterranean. The idea is it’s a structure plants and vines will grow over to provide shade for the sun. The Irish interpretation of that is to build a pergola and to retain the essence of the whole idea but to cover it with a clear polycarbonate roof. So you’re retaining the essence of the pergola but you’re putting an Irish twist on it. Retractable awnings are becoming so popular too, there’s been an explosion in garden rooms which are like an added room to the house. 8. Heating You’ve various options, you can get the wired or plug in types, like the things you’d see in beer gardens. You can go all out with heating and Woodies have all the options. 9. Outdoor cooking There’s been a huge increase in artificial grass and outdoor cooking facilities or outdoor fireplaces in general. There’s a lot of pizza ovens being built too as well as the outdoor awnings. It’s all about facilitating the family to spend more time outside, to create an outside room. In the last year we’ve really come to recognise the importance of giving ourselves more space outside. 10. Improves mental health Don’t forget being involved in nurturing plants and being the guardian, providing the stewardship for the growth of plants is great for your mindset. There’s a huge amount of psychological benefits, the exhilaration has been proven, there’s academic studies that prove the immersion in nature getting your hands dirty working with soil, it’s well documented. See brianburkegardens.com or woodies.ie for more inspiration
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