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Get handy tips for Now is the time to plan your summer garden

Here in the Northamptonshire, we have witnessed one of the longest winter periods in living memory. The March snow in particular put many people’s landscape gardening dreams on hold temporarily.

Winter typically strips your garden back to its bare bones, leaving it looking a bit sparse and in need of some attention. Traditionally, spring offers the perfect opportunity to inject a bit of life into it, but with parts of the UK encountering snow over Easter it hasn’t been possible for many to carry out the crucial work their garden needs.

However, whisper it quietly, but it seems we’re finally in for a belated spring time. Here are some tips to ensure your garden is tip-top in time for summer.

1. Tidy it up

A key job and one people are often happy to do themselves. Lawns need mowing, hedges need trimming, flagstones need power washing and decks need scrubbing. A good landscape contractor can carry out these basic but often labour intensive tasks, and great results can be achieved relatively quickly.

2. Light it up

The more optimistic among us will take the cold first quarter of 2013 as evidence that we have some sustained warm weather to look forward to. This means plenty of opportunities for barbecues and hazy summer evenings with friends, so some attractive, well-considered lighting in key areas of your garden will give your space much improved ambience and atmosphere and allow you to enjoy your garden long into the evening.

3. Jazz it up

So, the garden is tidy and well-lit. What now? Well, now it’s time to make a few additions. Covering unsightly walls with trellising; creating sensory or rock gardens or even installing a gazebo; there are plenty of things you can do to improve the appearance of your garden. Better still – bring in a specialist landscape garden contractor and they’ll take away all of the hassle.

4. Live it up

Follow these tips and you could be enjoying your renovated, restored and renewed garden space in time for summer. Once it’s done, enjoy it, because the process starts again next spring!