With National Gardening Week soon to be upon us (29th April-5th May), it seems like the perfect time for families to spend some valuable time in their outdoor space.
With this in mind, lawncare expert Hayter are sharing their favourite activities for the whole family to try...
1. Planting a vegetable garden
The longer days and warmer weather mean it's the perfect time to start planting your own food. Growing your own vegetables will be good fun and is also a good way to introduce new food to fussy eaters. Either prepare the space in an existing flower bed or create a new vegetable patch so you have the space to watch them grow.
Do you need a good compost? If so, grass cuttings could be the way to go. Adding a thin layer of cuttings over the top of the soil in your vegetable bed improves the soil quality, while subsequently increasing the yield.
2. Bee hotel
Bees are any keen gardener's best friend. There are several types and they don't all live in hives, so why not make them a place where they can rest? This encourages them to your garden to pollinate the plants.
They're actually easy to build from a combination of wood, hollow reeds, bamboo canes or other textured materials, including pinecones and sticks. They can be built in different shapes and sizes to suit any garden. Just make sure they’re in a sheltered spot - this will ideally be in a south or easterly direction, so they stay warm.
3. Press the flowers
Spring is full of beautiful flowers - why not find and press some? It's a great way to preserve their beauty and turns them into an enjoyable, all year round thing. Choose your flowers and then press them between two absorbent pieces of paper. Then, flatten them with a heavy book! You can then use the finished work in other creative projects too.
4. Sunflower growing race
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned sunflower growing competition. It brings out the competitive sides in both the young and old, and this time of year is the perfect time to start! You can plant and tend to your individual flowers and in the end, see who can grow theirs the highest before summer ends. These flowers also produce seeds which will make great bird food by the time winter comes around.
5. Garden games
What could be a better way to bring the whole family together than with a fun garden game? Make sure your grass is at the right height and texture for the game you want to play - the best way to do this is to give your lawn some regular maintenance and mowing.