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Preparing Your Garden for Summer

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Gardening carries several benefits for your health and for your finances. In fact, outdoor improvements, such as well-kept flowers and a tidy garden, can significantly boost the value of your property. Gardening also promotes physical health, self-esteem and stress relief. Here’s how to reap these benefits by preparing your garden for summer.

Anyone from beginners to green fingers can use these garden preparation tips:

  1. Determine what plants you would like in your garden. Flowers like lilies, gladiolus and ranunculus will bloom in the summer if planted in early spring.
  2. Clean plant beds before planting. Remove leaves and debris and prime the soil for planting. Use this time to also inspect last year’s plants for garden pests feeding on plant roots. Don’t forget to clean your gardening tools too!
  3. Be careful with how much you water your plants. Check water levels by sticking your finger in the soil—if you feel moisture, don’t water the plant.
  4. Rake your lawn. This helps with oxygenation and removes thatch—the dead grass beneath growing grass.
  5. Prune your trees. Use a lopper to remove dead branches, followed by mulching and feeding to promote spring growth.
  6. Look to online forums, Royal Horticultural Society guides and gardening books. These resources will
    be the best places to find tried tricks of the gardening trade.
  7. Record your progress, and remember that gardening takes time. Your garden doesn’t have to be perfect instantly. Consider taking pictures throughout the season to record the growth of your plants, and use this knowledge to come back stronger next year.

Safety First

Reassess the value and security of your gardening supplies—about £4 billion of garden furniture, plants and supplies are stolen from gardens and other outdoor spaces each year in Britain. If you have a garden shed, properly secure the structure with strong, working locks.

Remember to add each new item kept in your shed to the sum insured amount under your contents insurance. It’s your responsibility to report new valuables to your broker before filing a replacement claim. Contact us today to determine the most comprehensive contents insurance policy for your gardening needs.

The following information is not exhaustive, nor does it apply to specific circumstances. The content therefore should not be regarded as medical advice and not be relied upon as such. Readers should contact a medical professional for appropriate advice.

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