5 gardening-related New Year’s resolutions

We’ve reached that time of year when lots of people vow to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start when it comes to certain aspects of their lives.

Many people’s New Year’s resolutions will focus on things like drinking less, exercising more and eating more healthily, but why not kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and commit to getting busier in your garden in 2018?

After all, the health benefits of gardening and enjoyment many people get from doing it makes getting busy outside a win-win situation.

Here are five gardening-related New Year’s resolutions to inspire you as the New Year approaches:

1. Fix that broken fence

Most people have got at least one broken fence panel or a section that needs some TLC, like new paint or varnish. Make it your mission in 2018 to get your fence looking like I did the day you had it erected.

2. Show those weeds who’s in charge

Weeding is one garden activity that not only makes your outside space look better, but also helps keep you fit. A bit of time spent ridding your garden of weeds in January will pay dividends as the year unfolds.

[Related reading: Top tips to keep weeds under control]

3. Splash out on some new pots

Are some of your pots looking like they’ve seen better days? Take advantage of some of the bargains that can be found at your local garden centre and rejuvenate your garden/backyard. Replace any broken pots with new ones and perhaps even experiment with some colours you haven’t tried before.

4. Give your deck some loving

A well-maintained deck will provide you with years of reliable service. However, neglect your deck and you could find yourself facing a considerable bill to fix it up properly in the future.

Take the time this January to inspect your deck and carry out necessary preventative maintenance to stand you (and it) in good stead for the rest of the year.

[Related reading: DIY deck maintenance tips]

5. Get composting

Compost provides your garden with many great benefits. But the shop bought organic kind can become expensive over time, especially if you use a lot of it.

All you need to do to make your own compost is find a warm, partially sunny area of your garden or backyard and start piling vegetable peelings, garden waste and fibrous woody brown material (like paper and cardboard). In six to nine months, you’ll have your very own homemade compost, ready to be used throughout your garden.

[Related reading: The benefits of composting]

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