If you are renting your home and you have a garden, you may be responsible for its upkeep under the terms of your tenancy. If you are not a keen gardener, you should still be able to look after your landlords garden without too much hard work and ensure your deposit is returned at the end of your tenancy.
Here are some simple steps to take to prepare your garden for winter and have it looking its best by spring.
Give it a good tidy-up
- Pull out all the weeds to prevent them coming back with a vengeance in the spring. Pull them by their roots and put them straight into a bucket to dispose of them without giving the seeds a chance to make their way back into your garden.
- Take off the dead heads from flowering plants and discard.
- Once your borders are cleared from weeds and debris you can spread a layer of mulch or compost over the soil. This will insulate and keep bulbs safe during the coldest weather.
- Trim back any hedges so that they look tidy and they should stay this way until spring.
- Give your lawn a good trim and like with the hedges they should stay tidy until the spring.
- Improve drainage and aeration by making deep holes with a garden fork across the entire area. If you don’t have a garden fork, try and borrow one from a neighbour. Aeration will let your lawn breathe and help prevent weeds.
Look out for wildlife
Last but not least, don’t forget about wildlife. Although not a requirement as a tenant, winter can be tough on garden wildlife, so it’s always good to give them a helping hand where possible.
Put some bird feeders out, the RSPB have lots of useful ideas and information to help you care for our feathered friends and other garden visitors to help them make it through the winter.
What’s more they are lovely to watch while you are wrapped up warm inside and they will return you’re kindness by feasting on any winter pests that take a liking to your landlords plants!