Now that the days are longer, the temperature warmer and the flowers in full bloom, it’s time to get out into the garden if you haven’t already and prepare it for the summer ahead.

To help get your garden looking its best this summer, here are our top tips:

1. Tidy up

It may not be the most exciting job in the world of gardening, but it’s probably the first thing you should do to kick things off. After all, your garden might not have had much TLC throughout the winter months.

First things first, it’s time to remove any weeds that have been languishing in your flower beds. Dead plants or ones that have seen better days should either be removed, or paid some extra attention in order to get them back to their best. Cut off dead sections, feed with plant food that’s right for the specific plant, and water if there’s been no rain recently. As well as addressing what’s in your flower beds, now is also the time to tidy up the borders – this is easily done with an edging tool and a strimmer if needed.

2. Mow the lawn

You may find that your lawn is looking in need of a haircut, so now’s the time to be thinking about giving it its first cut of the season. To help make sure your lawn will look its best for summer, you can also try aerating it by using a fork. Aerating a lawn will encourage the grass roots to grow, improve drainage, and can also help the grass’ ability to take in nutrients. That means, by summer you’ll have a lawn to be proud of. Aeration only needs to be done once a year and now is the perfect time to do it as the frosts have passed.

3. Get your seeds

At this time of year, keen gardeners will already be thinking about getting their seeds so that they can get on with the business of planting. Whether it’s vegetable, fruit, or flower seeds – if you’ll be growing things from scratch, now’s the time to buy. Summer-flowering bulbs should also be planted now to be ready in time for the hotter months.

4. Save on water

As water rates aren’t exactly cheap, it’s a great idea to do everything you can to help keep bills down. So, instead of filling up your watering can from the kitchen sink, install a water butt and you’ll have rainwater on hand with which to water the plants. Water butts can be used to collect water from anywhere with a sloped roof and a downwards drainpipe – shed, garage, house or all three. Not only will you save on water, you’ll also save on those endless trips to-ing and fro-ing from kitchen to garden and what’s more, some plants respond better to rain water than tap water.

5. Spruce up your garden furniture

When you’ve worked hard to create a garden that looks great, it’s daft to just admire it from the living room window. So, now’s the time to make sure your garden furniture is in good nick. If a bench or wooden chair and table set has seen better days, don’t get rid of it. Simply give it a good sand down, prime, and paint or give it a lick of varnish to help protect it.

You can also cover your garden against certain types of damage with our Garden Secure cover – see our home insurance policy book for information on this and our other add on products. If you’re over the age of 50, and are looking to benefit from cheaper premiums, speak to Insure4Retirement and get a quote today.