Getting Kerb Appeal: 6 Tips for Preparing Your Garden for a House Sale

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions matter.  Potential buyers often form opinions within seconds of seeing your property, and the exterior, including the garden, plays an important role in this process. A well-maintained and thoughtfully designed garden can enhance your home’s kerb appeal and influence a buyer’s decision. Here are some tips to help you prepare your garden for a successful house sale:

1. Clean and Declutter: Begin by tidying up your outside space. Remove any debris, dead plants, or clutter that might be detracting from its appeal. Clean the front door and door furniture and make sure the doorbell works.  Trim overgrown bushes and trees and clear out any weeds. A neat and well-maintained garden immediately signals to potential buyers that the property has been cared for and is worth their attention.

2. Focus on the Front Garden: The front garden is the first thing potential buyers see, so it’s essential to make it inviting and attractive. Make sure the lawn is mown and think about adding planted pots with colourful flowers as a welcoming focus on the front doorstep.

3. Address Structural Issues: Before putting your house on the market, address any structural issues or safety concerns in the garden. Repair broken fences, pathways, or retaining walls, and ensure that all structures are stable and secure. Buyers will appreciate knowing that they won’t have to deal with costly repairs after purchasing the property.

4. Define Outdoor Spaces: Like you would indoors, make it easy for potential buyers to see how the spaces can be used. Set up any seating areas and style them if possible for photos and/or viewings so buyers can see how they might relax and entertain in your garden. Pots with seasonal bedding are a great way to add colour and scent in strategic positions, especially around seating areas.

5. Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you’re unsure about how to best prepare your garden for sale, don’t hesitate to get in touch. An hour with me in your garden could help to prioritise actions and pinpoint key tasks. An objective eye can be very helpful in clarifying what needs to be done to make sure your garden helps to sell your house.  Remember, a well-maintained garden not only adds value to your home but also creates a welcoming atmosphere that resonates with buyers seeking their dream property.

5 gardening jobs for October

5 gardening jobs for October

Gardening jobs for October – your five things to do!

It’s well and truly autumn now. It’s turning chillier, the trees are changing colour and out in the garden it’s all about tidying up and preparing for the colder months ahead.

Here are your five gardening jobs to keep you busy in October.

1. Protect plants from frost.

Bring tender plants like Begonias and Pelagoniums inside or protect them with a fleece. A greenhouse or conservatory is an ideal place to put pot plants that need some extra protection from the cold. You can take this opportunity to repot them and refresh the compost if they need it.

2. Sweep up any fallen leaves.

Raking or sweeping the never-ending leaves that fall at this time of the year might feel like a pointless task, but there’s method in the madness! Fallen leaves on your grass, borders and drive harbour fungal spores and provide ideal hiding places for slugs and snails.

Plus if you pack them into bin liners you can use them to make leaf mould – a fantastic mulch and potting compost.

3. Go on a snail hunt.

Speaking of those pesky snails, you can fight the onslaught, and the damage they do to your plants, by going on regular snail hunts – especially on damp evenings. They mostly feed at night so arm yourself with a torch and collect them by hand in a bucket. Younger members of the family might enjoy helping with this task!

You can rehome them on a patch of waste ground, or drop them in a bucket  of hot salty water – yuck!

Alternatively, set traps of saucers of beer or milk in your borders and surround plants with copper tape, crushed stone or egg shells.

4. Feed and fix your lawn.

Your lawn will be thanking you for the raking and aerating you did last month. Giving it a feed now will help revive it even further after the wear and tear of summer. After a rainy spell sprinkle feed all over. While you’re at it re-seed any bare patches – just use a form to loosen up the soil first.

5. Sow hardy broad beans or peas.

Home grown Broad Beans and Peas are delicious, easy to grow and fun to pick. You can get a head start on an early crop by planting hardy varieties out now. They germinate within two to three weeks, lie dormant over winter, then grow quickly once spring arrives.

For an early display of pretty flowers you could also sow Sweetpeas in deep pots and keep them sheltered in the greenhouse.

That’s it until next month. Let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions email me

Or book a Garden Hoedown for an hour of one to one garden therapy and you’ll come away with a personalised action plan to get the most out of your garden!

5 gardening jobs for September

5 gardening jobs for September

After a rather wet August, I’ve got my fingers crossed for a warm, sunny September. However, I always find that as soon as schools go back, the weather suddenly starts to feel autumnal. 

So with that back-to-school vibe in mind, here are your five gardening jobs for September.

1. Plant those Spring flowering bulbs you ordered last month.

Now’s a great time to get your crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils and bluebells into the ground for a welcome pop of colour in early spring.

I’ve got a whole post on bulb planting, but a quick rule of thumb is to plant in groups of odd numbers for a natural look. Bury each bulb at a depth three times its size. Then sit back and look forward to those green shoots peeping through the ground next year.

2. Divide perennials.

Once they’ve finished flowering, any congested clumps of perennials can be divided to give them space to thrive.  Think agapanthus, hostas and ornamental grasses. 

The added bonus is you’ll end up with extra plants to brighten up another corner of your garden, or to share with your neighbours.

3. Give your flowering climbers a prune

After the exuberance of summer growth it’s only natural for your mind to turn to giving your garden a good tidy. Use that urge to gently trim back and tidy late flowering shrubs like jasmine, passionflower, and honeysuckle. You might trigger another show of flowers. 

It’s also not too late to catch up on any August pruning you haven’t got to yet.

4. Prep your lawn for a wet Winter. 

Yes, I’m afraid even wetter weather is on its way. To avoid a waterlogged lawn give it a good rake – or scarify – to get rid of any dead brown grass and moss. Focus on those well trodden areas that have started to compact and look worn. Then aerate the ground by going around spiking it with a garden fork. Hard work, but worth it.

5. Make the most of your garden whilst you still can!

That all sounds quite labour intensive! Don’t forget to make the most of those dwindling sunny days and the last of the longer evenings. Grab any final opportunities to drink your morning cuppa outside, enjoy an alfresco dinner, or to just sit in your favourite corner with a book. I’ll be doing the same! 

Let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions email me

Or book a Garden Hoedown for an hour of one to one garden therapy and you’ll come away with a personalised action plan to get the most out of your garden!


5 gardening jobs for August

5 gardening jobs for August

Summer’s here! Or is it? As I write this it’s looking very gloomy outside, but ever the optimist,  I’m hopeful sunshine is on its way. 

With that in mind, the jobs that need taking care of your garden in August are all about watering, pruning and staying on top of those weeds. Then if you have time when you’re back from your hols you could also start getting ready for cooler times ahead…

1. Water everything regularly.

If the sunshine does return bringing hot, dry conditions with it, remember to water everything daily. This is particularly important for your pots and hanging baskets. Top marks if you’ve got a water butt, it’ll be full to the brim with all the rain we’ve been having, and ready to fill your watering can if there’s a hose pipe ban.

2. Keep pruning and deadheading.

August is a good time to prune or trim plants like wisteria, lavender and rambling roses to keep them in shape or the size under control. Also deadheading flowers including your roses and your pots and hanging baskets to keep them flowering.

3. Did you do ‘no mow May’? 

I hope you enjoyed your summer ‘meadow’ and the bees buzzing in our garden. You can now strim or mow your meadow as flower seeds have scattered. Don’t worry if your lawn looks brown, the autumn rains are coming and it’ll soon look green again. Do remember to raise your mower blade as lawn growth will have slowed down

4. Stay on top of weeds. 

I said this last month but keep going! You don’t need to be fanatical about it, but giving your borders and veg patch a regular tidy means you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labours for longer.

5. Prepare for autumn.

Whether you welcome the cooler weather or not, it’ll be upon us sooner than you think. Start preparing by planting autumn bulbs that’ll brighten up those duller days – think dahlias, autumn crocus and nerines. To really get ahead of yourself you could also order bulbs to plant in autumn for early flowers next spring. 

I think that’s enough to be getting on with – you’ve got to have time to relax in your garden this month too. 

Let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions email me

Or book a Garden Hoedown for an hour of one to one garden therapy and you’ll come away with a personalised action plan to get the most out of your garden!


5 gardening jobs for March

Don’t be fooled into thinking Spring is here yet.  Its cold out there still!  Here’s my top 5 jobs to do this month:

  1. Plant hardy shrubs and perennials out in the garden unless its soggy or frozen.  But hold off sowing seeds or plug plants out until its warmed up a bit.
  2. You can finally prune Hydrangeas! Well done for waiting!There are different types of Hydrangea. Traditional Hydrangeas flower on old growth so can be deadheaded back to the next pair of buds and thinned out leaving only the strong stems. Hydrangea Annabelle and the new paniculata flowerheads that generally have huge white flowerheads need to be cut right back to the ground as they flower on new growth.  You can see this done here.

Let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions email me

Or book a Garden Hoedown for an hour of one to one garden therapy and you’ll come away with a personalised action plan to get the most out of your garden!





5 gardening jobs for February

5 gardening jobs for February

February seems to be full of pruning jobs.  Its the month to get prepped before lots of green growth so is a good chance if the weather is dry and frost free to prune back to encourage growth this year and also to move plants that are in the wrong place.  Its also the quietest time of the year so is a great opportunity to see the ‘bare bones’ of your garden and reflect on what looks good, what works and what might need changing.  Here’s my top 5 jobs to do this month:

  1. Prune back late flowering woody shrubs such as Buddleia, Elder, Caryopteris and Fucshia to the ground to keep their size in check and to encourage new stems that will flower this year.  Autumn Raspberries also come into this category.  Now is the time to cut all stems down to 10-20cm from the ground.
  2. Cut back deciduous grasses now too.  With shears trim leaves and seedheads  back to 20cm so they resemble mounds.  Now is also the time to split or move them.
  3. Its still quite early to be sowing annual seeds but you can start chitting potatoes for early planting.  This just means encouraging them to start sprouting.  Place them in a light place and when the sprouts are 3cm long they are ready for planting.  More advice HERE.
  4. Its the last chance to cut hedges before the birds start nesting.
  5. If you can look at your garden from an upstairs window.  At this time of year you’ll be able to see the framework or layout of your garden clearly.  If you’re confident you can draw a plan from here, noting where paths, beds, patios and key plants are located.  This will help if you have a hunch that something isn’t working or if you want to make changes to beds and borders.  If you’re stuck book a Hoedown with me so I can help!

Let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions email me

Or book a Garden Hoedown for an hour of one to one garden therapy and you’ll come away with a personalised action plan to get the most out of your garden!