Whether you’ve a giant garden or a pint-sized patio, make the most of it with these tops tips.

Magical mulch

You may not have seen many weeds sprouting yet. But they’re there... just waiting for the warmth of the sun to spur them into life. Then they’ll overrun your borders and smother your spring flowers. So if you’d prefer to spend time in your garden relaxing rather than weeding, you need to get mulching.

Mulch prevents the sunlight from reaching the weeds as they begin to grow, starving them of energy and stopping them in their tracks. So spread a generous layer of mulch around the plants in your borders and save yourself hours of back-breaking work.

Shop around and you should be able to find 50 litre bags of mulch or bark chippings for under a fiver. That’s enough to cover around 1.5 square metres. The big DIY stores usually offer good value, but check out your local garden centre too – they often have money saving multi-pack offers.

Love thy lawn

A healthy lawn not only looks great, it’s hardwearing too. So now is the time to get your lawn in shape for a long hot summer (you wish!)

For most of us, that means a quick dose of “feed and weed”. But ask a qualified green keeper what they use, and you’ll find most pros avoid this type of product because it soaks the lawn in harmful toxins. Instead, just use fertiliser and rake out any moss by hand.

Regular feeding will encourage further grass growth and keep the moss at bay. And if your lovely lawn is being invaded by dandelions or crab grass, “spot treat” with weed killer in the affected areas.

Potty about vegetables

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own vegetables but thought you didn’t have the space, think again. Because if you grow them in pots, all you need is a sunny patch of patio. In fact you don’t even need a pot - a shovelful of soil in an old wellie boot is enough to get started.

Tomatoes are super-easy to grow, and just two or three plants will give you a steady supply of home-grown tasty goodness right through the summer. For expert advice on growing vegetables in containers, check out the RHS website. <https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=527>

Not got a garden? Not to worry. Cress will grow just about anywhere, and it loves a sunny windowsill. Search online and you’ll find packets of 1,000 cress seeds for about £1. Scatter the seeds on a handful of soil in a dish, and you’ll have your own supply of home grown cress in just 2 – 3 weeks.

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