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Five ways to give your garden a new lease of life

By Amy Hupe

Our team of gardening experts share their top tips to get your garden summer ready
Garden, tools and hat in summer

​The sun has finally graced us with its presence and – if you’re not heading to the nearest beach – now’s the perfect time to give your garden a little TLC.

  1. Cut back trees and hedges

    The key to encouraging new growth and letting the sunlight into your garden is to keep hedges and trees at bay. For tall trees and hedges, it’s often better to hire a tree surgeon or professional gardener to do this; they’ll have the right tools to get the job done quickly and safely, and remove the mess.

    For smaller jobs you think you can manage yourself – a reliable hedge trimmer is key. Check out our Best Buy hedge trimmer reviews to help guarantee the perfect cut.  
  2. Let there be light

    When it comes to enjoying those balmy summer evenings, a well-lit garden really does make all the difference. A good electrician can advise you on the best type of lights for your garden and where they should go, as well as fitting them safely and securely.
  3. Freshen up the paintwork

    Harsh winter weather can take its toll on your fences and garden buildings, so a fresh lick of paint will get your outdoor space looking its best again. You can do it yourself with a good, weatherproof paint or – for a professional finish that will last – enlist the help of a Which? approved painter in your area


     
  4. Brighten up your patio

    Planting up containers with some colourful blooms will instantly lift a patio or outdoor seating areas. Which? Gardening magazine’s resident expert Geraldine Sweeney recommends fuchsias and begonias for shady areas, as well as petunias, geraniums, and dahlias for a splash of colour. 


    Jet-washing decking and paving is also a must – see our video guide to cleaning your patio with a pressure washer for best results.  
  5. Invest in professional landscaping

    For a full makeover that leaves you the envy of your friends and neighbours, investing in some proper landscape work is – more often than not – worth every penny. Speak to one of our Which? approved gardeners to get help with garden clearance, patios and decking, borders, layouts, planting and much, much more.

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