LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Bring your garden back up to scratch for summer

Bring your garden back up to scratch for summer
The clocks have gone forward and, fingers crossed, the weather will warm up as the lighter evenings start to take hold.

The Easter period can be a perfect time to take stock of your rental property's outside space, particularly if you are nearing the end of a tenancy. The interior spring cleaning done, turning your attention to the garden can be a good way to add some gloss to your property's external appearance.

A good outdoor space often comes near the top of a tenant's wish list when exploring rental properties yet landlords can often become bogged down in ensuring the interior of their property is up to scratch and meets a host of regulations in the rental sector.

The result? The garden becomes unloved and unruly.

Here are just a few things you can do to over the Easter period to bring your garden back up to scratch.

REMOVE REMNANTS OF WINTER

Heavy rain, wind, ice and snow - all of which the UK has been hit with this winter - can cause genuine damage to your garden.

Start by having a tidy-up. Pick up any pots or containers that have been blown over and replace any that have suffered damage at the hands of the weather.

Once upright, top dress your displays with fresh compost ahead of planting.

Patios and walkways could be covered in a thick layer of moss and grime caused by damp weather so it's also worth investing in a moss remover before brushing away the green stuff and jet washing said hard areas.

If we are lucky enough to enjoy some warmer Easter weather, drag the lawn mower from its shed and give your lawn its first cut of 2018 - remember to keep the blades high and remove the cuttings from the surface.

LOVE YOUR LAWN

Easter is the perfect time to give your lawn what it is crying out for after a long winter - food!

Giving it what it craves now will pay dividends later in the season and beyond, with healthy growth in spring preparing your grass for the heat of summer and the chill of yet another winter as we approach 2019.

Before that, though, go round and dig out any weeds that may have surfaced in the delights of the winter damp. Yes, it's a nasty job that hardly shouts springtime but effort now will mean the blighters don't get hold as we move into summer.

GET PLANTING

Easter is a great time to tidy up your borders and rearrange perennials emerging from winter sleep. Apply a good quality fertiliser and water in, before pruning any rose bushes to remove weak stems and encourage summer growth

If there is space, plant some new growers - perhaps hedging, fruit trees or more roses.

Shaking off the winter blues in your property's outdoor space now can be the best way to attract a new tenant or keep a current one happy and a bit of garden graft will almost certainly help your rental stand apart from the crowd.


If you're thinking of renting out your property this summer, or for more landlord tips, get in touch with your local Martin & Co office today.