If you’re planning to spend Bank Holiday weekend in the garden you need to read this
Millions of Brits will be heading out into gardens this long weekend to relax – assuming we get some decent weather!
So if you’re planning on spending your days off ouside in yours, we’ve got everything you need to know to get it looking fantastic.
We’ve spoken to Sam Campbell, Senior Technologist at wilko, to give his advice and top tips on what you need to do to transform your space.
Getting your garden ready for summer can be a minefield and with so many options it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
But if you follow Sam’s advice below, you’ll be all set for this Bank Holiday and the summer months ahead…
Get your lawn looking lovely
A lush green lawn makes the perfect centrepiece for any garden, and if you show it some TLC now you can sit back and enjoy the results right through summer.
Food (1kg now £4) will make grass grow greener and thicker, and help fight off moss and weeds.
If they do show, tackle them by digging up, scarifying or aerating, or by using wilko Lawn Feed, Weed and Moss Killer (7kg now £7).
If your lawn is suffering from unsightly bare patches, try overseeding. Just break-up and rake the area then sow grass seed and rake over again, watering gently if there’s no rain. Gaps should disappear within 7-10 days.
wilko has offers across the store this week, including wilko Soluble Lawn Food 1kg (was £4 now £3, offer valid until 30.05.19) or wilko lawn feed, weed and moss killer 3.5kg (was £6 now £4, £1.14 per 1kg offer valid until 30.05.19).
TOP TIP – Aim to give it a trim once a week, but don’t overdo it – keep grass at around 4cm high in spring and 2.5cm in summer.
Add a splash of paint
Our garden colour has been specially developed to transform planed and rough sawn garden timber and provide all weather protection.
It’s based upon a tough water based formulation and contains pigments and waxes to resist ultraviolet and water attack. It’s also suitable for use on primed metal and prepared masonry. Apply by brush.
TOP TIP – Top tip – Painting terracotta plant pots gives you a chance to put your own design on your garden.
Put up a potting box
Take the messiness out of sowing seeds and repotting with our Foldable Potting Box, which is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Whether you’re potting on an outdoor bench or on your kitchen counter, simply unzip the front panel for easy access, sow or repot as needed then finally fold back up, keeping all your mess contained.
Marigolds, petunias and smaller varieties of sunflowers do well in pots, and begonias, pansies and chrysanthemums are great for beds and borders.
TOP TIP – If you’re sowing outdoors, break down the soil with a fork. Then rake lightly before sowing. Follow the packet instructions on the depth and spacing of seeds.
Plant some magical marigolds
Marigolds are a fantastic underrated plant. Besides their beautiful flowers Marigold’s are a natural deterrent to many garden pests whilst also attracting ladybirds which are a predator of many unwanted garden pests.
Sow seeds outdoors now and you’ll have a beautiful show of colour, attracting butterflies and bees to your garden all summer. Spring is the season to sow flowering plants so you might also want to consider chrysanthemums, pansies, begonias, poppies and sweet peas, and wilko has lots of seeds start from as little as 50p.
TOP TIP – Marigolds have a distinctive smell that repels flies and gnats, and deters destructive insects like whiteflies which feed on the underside of plant leaves.
Invite wildlife into your garden
Look after the wild birds in your garden with our wild bird feeding station, which is designed to fit together easily, quickly and without tools
The feeding station holds up to three feeders at once, so you’ll have loads of different varieties of birds flocking to your garden in no time.
TOP TIP – The wood is pre-treated so you can just pop it straight up with no fuss.
And don’t forget to feed your plants
To keep your garden full of vibrant colour you should feed flowering plants with a high potassium feed. Plants use potassium for the growth of flowers and fruit. Using a liquid feed with give plants a fast input of essential nutrients.
Give your seeds and plants the best chance of survival with our range of compost. Whether you’re looking for an all-rounder multi-purpose compost to suit the majority of your gardening needs or a potting compost that’ll retain moisture to give young plants the best chance at survival, we stock it all.
TOP TIP – Wilko’s General Purpose Pour and Feed Liquid Is easy to use and already diluted – just pour!
- Find loads more gardening stuff you’ll love at wilko.com
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