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Top Tips for Improving Your Garden

Tara Willis, 21/02/2020

If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden, being stuck at home doesn’t mean being stuck inside. With a little extra time on your hands, now is the perfect time to get green-fingered and refresh your outdoor space. Whether you just want somewhere to enjoy the fresh air or you’re wondering how to add value to your property for future house viewings, here are my tips for getting the most out of what green space you have.

Spring Cleaning your Garden

If you’re thinking about selling your property and starting to prepare for future viewings, treat your garden as you’d treat any room in your house and get ready to make it look its best. Your garden doesn’t have to look like a flower show, but a well-maintained garden will add value to your property and enhance its attractiveness to buyers. Get the basics down: remove any dead plants, prune where needed and neatly mow the lawn to start.

Developing Your Property’s Greenspace

Be prepared to work hard when you take on the task of improving your garden and invest in the proper equipment, including a pair of hardy gardening gloves. Before getting started, it’s vital to plan and decide what purpose you’d like your garden to serve.

If you’re looking to sell, consider the needs of the buyers your property is likely to attract: are your buyers likely to be a young family, looking for plenty of space for their children to play, or downsizers, who may want a more manageable space to take on? Even if gardening is more of a hobby, think carefully about how you envisage spending time in your garden and what you’d like to see in it by summer.

Creating a Garden that Suits You

If you’ve recently moved into your property, or the garden has been your last priority until now, then considering the aforementioned points still applies. Figure out how you want to use your outside space, what its main and secondary functions will be, and plan accordingly. Will it be mainly for children, lounging or entertaining in the future, or a combination of these, and if so, how will these best work together?

Once you’ve taken stock of your garden, you can get to work with your spring tasks. In the garden itself, this will likely mean planting summer flowering bulbs, pruning spring plants and hedges and thickening up a patchy lawn – ready for you to enjoy the evenings outside or a spot of sun in the morning.

Don’t forget to take care of the entirety of your space, however. With time to spare, remember to clean any bird baths or dirty garden furniture, as well as taking care of those pesky weeds. Doing a thorough spring clean now will save you the hassle in future – particularly if you’re eager to sell your property.

What you want from your garden depends on the needs of your family, your lifestyle and the space available. You don’t need to be green fingered to make it work for you, but plan carefully and consider what you require from your outdoor space. Don’t be afraid of mucking in to get what you want!

If you’re dreaming of a property with plenty of green space or looking to sell your own, why not get in touch with our team of local property experts or remotely view one of our properties online? Email us at or call us at 0131 603 7333 for information and advice on properties we think you’ll love.

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