If you’re like me, you will have partially abandoned the garden over the winter months. I don’t mean in a sense of leaving it completely, but more, you just haven’t used it enough and as a result lawn mowers need blades sharpening for the new season, and the garden furniture could do with a bit of a clean up, so I thought why not post a little article about covering all the basics since it’s starting to warm up enough to take advantage of the garden with the family again!
Sharpen the lawn mower blades.
Did you just try to cut your lawn for the first time this year a week or two back? I did and my poor flymo just wasn’t up to the task. Not through any lack of power, normally it’s totally fine, but when I took five minutes to have a look at it, well it would be fair to say a spoon was sharper! So number one on my list of to do’s for the garden is sharpen the lawn mower blades. Even the best lawn mowers can only take so much of a beating without sharp blades.
The best way I find to sharpen the blades is with a carpenter’s sharpening stone. Don’t remove the blades, instead just carefully work your way along them moving the stone rather than the blade. It goes without saying that you need to be ultra careful and if you’re not confident of avoiding injury, don’t do it. Get someone more capable and confident to help out or even a professional if necessary.
Clean the Barbecue off
Everyone is guilty I am certain. We opened the hood of the barbecue a couple of weeks ago and where we didn’t clean it from the last barbecue before Autumn the year before, it was a right mess.
First thing is to set the barbecue off and let it get really hot, this will help any dirt or blackened bits turn to ash and fall off. The next stage is when things are all glowing white, get yourself a good wire brush and really have a go at removing everything you can. I also cleaned the hood carefully. Bare in mind this is all really hot so careful is the middle word again!
Clean the garden furniture
Over the winter my furniture had gotten really dirty where I had forgot to buy a decent furniture cover. Personally I believed the ultimate trick to cleaning garden furniture without doing any damage is wet wipes. Yes, amazingly they remove almost everything for me and because they are low on abrasion they do very little damage to soft or hard surfaces. The only potential drawback is the cost. I used a good couple of packs to get my garden chairs and table looking like something you would want to dine on.
Overall these three small factors have really helped me pick up from where I left off late Summer last year in the garden and I hope if you follow suit you can quickly organise the garden into something very manageable again.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.