Let's do it together Let's do it together

How to tidy your garden the easy way

When it comes to getting stuff done in your garden, you’ll want to tackle those big jobs as quickly and easily as possible, so you can spend more time enjoying your outdoor space. These top garden tools will make light work of the cleaning, trimming and mowing, and here’s how to make the most of them.

  • Rochelle - copywriter
  •  5min read
How to tidy your garden the easy way

Put the pressure on

After a season’s worth of dirt, grime and algae, the garden patio and decking is going to be in need of some serious TLC. It’s a messy, dirty job that’s easy to put off, and sometimes a scrubbing brush just isn’t enough, which is where a pressure cleaner comes in! These powerful cleaning machines will make light work of the muck and leave your patio looking as good as new in no time. Use alongside a patio cleaner if the dirt is really stubborn.

The best pressure washers come with a jet nozzle to give you even more power on those extra grimy paths and patios – just be sure to avoid using this attachment when car cleaning as it can damage some surfaces.

When you’ve finished perking up your patio, why not turn your hand to some more of your outdoor cleaning jobs? A pressure washer can clean lots more than just your patio including:

  • Garage doors
  • Outdoor bins
  • Decking
  • Garden furniture
  • Cars and bikes
  • BBQs and grills
  • Driveways
  • Garden equipment
  • Outdoor toys

Top tip: Not only does a pressure washer make outdoor cleaning easier, it also uses less water than a standard garden hose – that's a little win!

Pressure washer

Time to trim

If you’ve got huge hedges in need of some serious taming, handheld shears just won’t cut it! The best way to get your hedges neat and tidy in time for summer get-togethers is with an electric hedge trimmer. If the hedges are quite far down the garden and you don’t have a cordless hedge trimmer, don’t forget you’ll need an extension lead too!

The next challenge is how to avoid a wonky hedge! Try using a horizontal string tied between two canes on each side of the hedge. This will give you a straight line to follow.

Trim the hedge using a sweeping motion working from the bottom of the hedge upwards.

Top tip: Place a garden sheet on the ground and move it along as you go to collect the cuttings...the clean-up will take seconds!

Striking lawn stripes

So you’ve perked up your patio and waved goodbye to wonky hedges, now it’s time to get your lawn looking lush! For lots of ideas and advice on bringing your lawn to life, take a look at our 4 step guide here.

Ever fancied having a go at lawn stripes? If your grass isn’t regularly used as a football pitch by the kids then they’re a great way to give your garden a visual boost. To do this, you’ll need a lawnmower with a roller. The roller flattens and bends the grass as you cut to give that striped look. It changes the angle that the light reflects off the grass to give the illusion that it’s a different colour to the strip you’ve just cut. Clever, hey?

Top tip: Overlap the previous stripe slightly each time. It’ll make it easier to cut all the grass, without finding you’ve missed a bit!

Mowing garden

For even more ideas and advice to help get your garden ready for summer, visit wilko.com