How to get your garden ready for the festive season

The festive season means it's your garden's time to shine. With Christmas parties and alfresco dining on high rotation, it's important to ensure your garden is in tip top shape. 

While it may seem like a massive undertaking, leading Aussie landscaper Paul Bangay suggests that there are some great ways to get your garden ready for the festive season.

From cutting back plants to manicuring your lawns, your garden will be looking its very best for your guests. 

Cutting back 

Paul advises to cut your flowers and shrubs back, lightly, three to four weeks before your event so they will come back in perfect time for the big day. 

Cut your hedges, the week before and mow your lawn just a couple of days prior to your event. 

If you're in a real spot of bother, with your flowers not coming to the party, you can always pop down to the nursery and grab some annuals to fill in any bare patches. 

Paul says his top suggestions for annuals would be Lavender, pots of Lillies, Petunias and Impatiens. 

Seating arrangements

Paul says the most important thing to consider when tending to the area your guests will sit to eat, is that it is properly groomed. 

"Make sure this area is well swept, blown or mowed – getting it nice and neat and tidy under where you’re going to sit is important," he says. 

Another nice touch is to pick flowers from the garden and put them in a vase for a personalised table decoration. 

Appearances matter

In terms of making your garden blooms look their best, Paul suggests staying on top of your deadheading. 

"Make sure that all plants are deadheaded. You don't want to be sitting down and looking at dead flowers on your plants," he says. 

For an extra pop of colour, you can also add some pots of flowers around the verandah or gravel area you're sitting in. Paul says it's a great way to help give your alfresco space a fresh breath of life. 

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