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Time to get out - 7 things to do in the garden during isolation

  • 29 Apr 2020

While we’re all spending the majority of our time at home, it’s important for our wellbeing to get out of the house every now and then.

A fantastic way to make use of this downtime is to give your garden some love. It won’t only be good for your plants and nice to look at; gardening can also have a positive therapeutic effect. So get out your tools and let’s get started!

1. Mow the lawn and trim the hedges

Begin with the obvious. Trimming the grass and the hedges can be one of the more boring tasks, but it’s rewarding to see the result when it’s all back in shape again. Leave a corner of your lawn un-mown to welcome bees (and other insects).

2. Clean your patio and deck

Use a pressure washer to get rid of any fallen leaves and dirt on your patio and your deck. If you don’t mind investing a bit more time and want to go a step further, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint.

3. Plant a herb garden

With many restaurants being closed and most of us spending more time cooking at home, it’s worth thinking about growing your own food in the garden. An edible garden can really spice up your meals and it doesn’t require having a green thumb. Planting herbs like basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary is easy and doesn’t take much time.

4. Let there be light

There are plenty of lighting options for your backyard; motion lights are a great investment for security reasons and they also offer a lot of convenience. Another idea is hanging up fairy lights to bring a little sparkle to a tree, hedge or your deck.

5. Get your plants winter-ready

In order for your more temperature-sensitive plants to survive this winter, make sure to dig organic matter around them that will protect them from the cold. Move pot plants into warmer spaces such as the garage, a cubby house etc, but make sure they will still get enough sunlight.

6. Add a bird feeder to your garden


You can either purchase a bird feeder from a hardware store or get creative and try building yourself! The birds will thank you for it and it will be relaxing for you to listen to them chirping in your garden.

7. Get comfy in your backyard with outdoor heating


With a patio heater, a fireplace or a brazier you can enjoy your outdoor area all year round. Winter is just around the corner, so start looking for an outdoor heating option that suits your needs sooner rather than later.

 

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