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The mercury is rising, days are feeling longer and with clocks going forward at the end of March, you may be eagerly anticipating late spring and the heady days of summer.

Summer is many people's favourite season and it's easy to see why: daylight stretching from 4 am to 10pm and temperatures typically in the 20s with the occasional shower, typical of a British summer.

Look forward to it with a garden that you can be proud of on those long days by following our 5 simple tips below:

1. Nourish. You will have noticed spring bulbs in full tilt, with early snowdrops waning and your deciduous trees and shrubs perched on the edge of rebirth. Now is a good time to nourish those plants as frost in late March is less likely. Top dressing with compost and organic feeds, like chicken manure pellets, will feed those plants and sustain them through summer. Top dressing with chipped bark and / or compost will also conserve moisture, meaning watering of established shrubs, perennials and trees can be avoided in drier months.

2. Prune. Larger shrubs like Buddleia can get "leggy" after blooming last year, as can plants like Cornus. These can be cut back to promote both aesthetic tidiness and stimulate fresh shoots of growth. Roses can benefit from a chop, but climbers like Clematis are often best left unpruned, or in cases like Clematis Montana, cut back after flowering.

3. Planting. Annuals are now being sold in garden centres and nurseries and this is the time to plug gaps in borders for instant colour. Summer flowering bulbs like Lilies and later flowering colchicum can be planted too to add variety and scent on those longer days.

4. Lawn care. Possibly one's least favourite job: scarifying and aerating. Dragging a hollow tine rake across grass is not many people's idea of fun, but it's necessary to remove the "thatch" that builds up and stifles new growth. Spiking the lawn and top dressing with sand, spring feed or a suitable fertiliser will mean greener swards in summer. Back-breaking maybe, but worth it, we think.

5. Garden fixtures and fittings. As well as getting the lawn and borders sorted, now is an ideal time to paint gates, repoint walls, fix fence panels and dust down water features and barbecue sets. Fixing or installing trellising can be a good investment, cleaning ponds and greenhouses too is remarkably therapeutic.

Gardens, in summer, become an extension of your home and if you want yours to look its best, it's worth putting in some time.

Remember too, that if you're letting or selling your home in the near future, a well-presented garden makes a great first impression for very little financial outlay.

We hope this blog post has given you and your garden some food for thought - if you've liked it, please feel free to share it.

If you need any advice on improving the exterior or interior of your property, please get in touch with one of our friendly team at Pure North Norfolk.