It’s never too early to start! While the winter months are upon us, it’s a great time to start planning for the spring garden. If you’re eager to get started, here are a few steps that can be taken this winter in preparation for the great spring reveal. Try these 5 activities to prepare your spring garden in the winter months.
5 Simple Ways to Prepare For A Spring Garden
- Repurpose and Repaint Furniture. After sitting out all winter, or as time passes, patio and garden furniture can get dingy and worn out. Put all cushions inside and give the rest of your furniture a fresh coat of paint. This is also a great way to coordinate all your garden and patio furniture to your liking. Quick tip: vibrant hues are in. Before heavy snows hit or furniture becomes inaccessible due to the weather, pull them into a shed, basement, or spare garage space. Then give the furniture the TLC it deserves. By spring all your outdoor furniture will look fresh and new. To bring things together, plan your spring flowers to make color coordinate with each other.
- Install New Fencing. While having a garden and yard space properly prepped is great, the beauty of all your hard work can be undone by just one neighbor’s poorly cared-for backyard. Instead of allowing your stunning atmosphere to be lessened by neighbors, install a privacy fence. Whether you choose half-height fencing or full height privacy, it brings everything together. Some fencing companies, have a number of styles perfect for any backyard escape. But you don’t have to stop with just the fencing. Do you have a small backyard that makes you feel claustrophobic and you wish looked larger? Try putting mirrors up on the fence to make the yard appear bigger. This is especially important if you have a small yard with a tall privacy fence. Installing mirrors on the fence can make space feel like it’s increased, even if it actually gets smaller from landscaping. A perfect solution to a troublesome problem.
- Repaint Planters. If your planters are starting to look dingy, it’s time to repaint them. This is another great task for the winter months to help prepare the garden for spring. But if you really want a unique DIY idea for those old planters, don’t just slap on a new coat of the same old paint. Turn your backyard and front path planters into nightlights. How? Use glow-in-the-dark paint. Not only does glow-in-the-dark paint create natural and easy nightlights for the garden area, but they make great lights for those night-time yard parties.
- Install Rope Light Along Edging. If you want to have nice night lights for your garden that are invisible, rope lights are a natural answer. They give a nice, soft glow. They’re waterproof. They can be put on timers. Some rope lights are even solar powered. Around the holidays, rope lights are available in a variety of lengths and colors and are often on sale. It’s the best time to buy them to prepare for spring. If your edging is already completed, you can install the rope lights right away, as long as there’s no snow standing in your way. Just one more task you can check off your spring garden updates before spring arrives.
- Make Stepping Stones for Narrow Spaces. Do you have a narrow 2-4 foot space between the house and the fence? Not sure what to do with it? You can make DIY stepping stones to place in the path come spring. All you need to make them is a concrete mix, old shoe boxes or cereal boxes, and glass stones. Each item is so easy to find at low prices that DIY stepping stones are an obvious alternative to their more expensive counterparts. And the best part? You can personalize them before the concrete sets. These DIY stepping stones can be made as a fun family project at any time of year, so you can make them in the winter to prepare the path for spring. The only thing you need to know is how many you need to fill the length of the narrow space.
This being the first spring in our new house, I’ll be researching inexpensive ways to prepare our garden for spring and throughout the year. The preparation possibilities are endless!