Outdoor Garden Decor

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring Hi Everyone. I’m Sue, and I blog over at A Purdy Little House where I love to decorate and create all things home décor from full room remodels to simple crafts. I’m so happy to be here today where I get to share with you some tips and tricks I’ve discovered while tending to my own garden. Trust me, I am no gardener, and even I was able to freshen up my garden by adding simple and cost effective outdoor garden décor items.

The weather this past weekend was aaaaa-mazing, so we took advantage and decided to work on our front garden. Let’s face it, the front of our homes is what gives it curb appeal, so it’s important to try to keep it neat and tidy. I know, I know, you’re busy… we all are, and it completely sucked doing the work; but I can tell you, I’m so proud of how it turned out that I actually stood on my sidewalk staring at it for a good four minutes. Lol.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Here’s what I started with…. It looks like the dog’s breakfast, right?

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Step 1: Weeding

Hands up for anyone who loves to pull weeds…. What…. no one? I hate it too, but it’s a necessary evil when working in any garden. My preferred method for weeding is using a small garden spade to loosen the dirt and weed roots before I yank the sucker out.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Here’s another view of the dog’s breakfast. Lol.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Step 2: Mulching

Mulching gives any garden a clean crisp look, and I chose the black mulch since it most closely resembles black earth right after a rainfall. It makes the ground look rich in nutrients and also helps keep in moisture and will lessen the amount of new weeds that will (inevitably) pop up here and there.

 

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Step 3: Edging

By far, my favourite gardening tool is my edger. This tool is a must for any tidy garden since it gives flowerbeds a clean edge and definition. It also helps keep all the mulch from scattering around the grass. I love the instant high impact this tool creates.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Step 4: Trimming the Excess

Over the past several months, many of the perennial bushes and shrubs were a bit overgrown, so a general trimming was required to keep them looking clean. I like my perennials to all be separate and not grow into any other perennial neighbours, so a little trimming helps keep things streamlined. This step is generally only required two or maybe three times throughout the warmer months.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Step 5: Add Decorative Elements

Many of the pretty colours of summer haven’t yet emerged, so adding some decorative elements helps to fill out the garden. I added some items from around the house, including a grapevine globe, a mason jar lantern with some lilac blossoms, a hydrangea wreath attached to the lamp post, and a blue clay pot filled with begonias. All these items help to create interest and colour in the garden.

Outdoor Garden Decor and how to freshen up your perennial garden for spring

Happy Gardening my friends, and I’ll see you again next month 🙂

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I'm Sue Purdy from A Purdy Little House. I have a passion for DIY, home decor & design; all while spending the least amount of money possible. I love making something out of nothing, dollar store shopping trips, and thrift store treasure hunting. I tackle all projects big and small (and everything in between) from setting a perfect tablescape to full room remodels. I love for my home and decor to tell a story and I'm so pleased to have you join us on our journey as we transform our 1970's house into our Purdy Little dream home.

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