Gardening Tips to Help You Transform Your Backyard

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
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As the weather starts to get warmer, you might want to spend more time outdoors. But this can be disappointing if your backyard isn’t the environment you hoped it would be. Maybe it’s untidy, or perhaps you just don’t have much going on out there. Here are some tips to help you to transform your backyard into a stunning garden, ideally in time for summer.

Tidy Things Up

The first step is to make sure that you have a blank slate to work from. Over the winter, you might find that a lot of debris has accumulated in your garden. Now is the time to tidy that up and get rid of it. 

Throw any trash in the bin, and get rid of garden waste as well. Dead leaves and growth should be cleared out and ideally composted. Any weeds should also be gotten rid of, but don’t put those into a compost bin if you have one as they can start growing again. Tidy up any plot borders and turn over your soil. 

If you have a lawn, this is a good time to mow it so that it looks neat again. Check any structures and, if they need it, give them a fresh coat of paint or some TLC. Once this day’s work is done, you’d be surprised at how much better your garden will look. 


Composting is a great way to use up garden waste and food scraps. The compost that you generate is a fantastic way to add nutrients to the soil in your garden, which helps your plants to grow healthily. It’s also good for the environment and far less expensive than buying compost.

Most people invest in a compost bin, but there are other composting options available. Whatever you do, be sure to check out a composting guide so that you know that you’re composting the right things and in the right way. 

For example, incorrect composting can attract nasty pests to your garden. One great way of controlling pest that is attracted to your compost is to ensure that everything is in a sealed container. If your bin has an open bottom, then line it with wire mesh to prevent rodents from getting inside.

Quick Flowers and Plants

If you’re worried that you’ve left it a bit late for planting, then don’t panic. There are plenty of plants that can grow and bloom very quickly, which means that your garden can be full of color by summer.

For example, wildflower seed packs tend to include a variety of stunning flowers that grow readily. Even better, these flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects to your garden, so you’re helping the environment out as well. 

This is also a good time to plan out your vegetable crop if you’re planning to grow some. Planting vegetables now will ensure that they’re ready to harvest by fall so that you can enjoy some hearty produce with your family. Herbs will be ready even more quickly, and they infuse your garden with a pleasant smell as well. 

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