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    Thursday, 10 May 2018: Inspired by the UK’s biggest gardening celebration, National Gardening Week, which took place on the 30th April – 6th May, award-winning housebuilder David Wilson Homes, which has its Derwenthorpe development in York, has created a handy top tips piece full of advice on how to make a garden bloom this spring.

    1. Give your lawn a lot of love

    As the canvas of the garden, it’s important to give your lawn a lot of love, and the lighter evenings during the spring and summer seasons offer homeowners a great opportunity to do exactly that. We recommend watering your new lawn in the early mornings, or the evenings, to make sure you’re making the most efficient use of water. Whilst you’re at it, you can improve the performance of your gardening tools by giving them a clean and sharpen. This will not only help to give your gardening better results, but will also save you money in the long run.

    1. Bring your garden into bloom

    Once your garden and tools are in shape, you can begin to bring your garden into bloom by adding new plants. We would recommend planting more perennials than annuals, as annuals have to be replaced every year. Perennials last for two to three years, and usually survive the cold winter frosts. Planting a variety, such as phlox paniculata and purple coneflower, is a great and easy way to add a splash of colour.

    1. Create a wildlife-friendly area

    Gardens are a great way to encourage wildlife within the area, and you can do this in just a few simple steps. Installing a simple bird box or feeder into your garden can really encourage wildlife to thrive. Make sure your bird box is placed high to avoid neighbourhood cats catching your feathered visitors, and in a sheltered site to provide birds with cover. What’s more, making sure your garden fence has small gaps at the bottom creates wildlife corridors, helping animals such as hedgehogs and frogs move from plot-to-plot and linking different habitats together.

    1. Go organic with homegrown vegetables

    One great way to make your garden thrive and to get the kids interested is to grow your own fruit and vegetables. We would recommend opting for a vegetable that shows signs of life fairly quickly, to keep the little ones’ attention! Radishes are the quickest of all vegetables, germinating in just a few days and can be harvested in a few weeks. Other vegetables to go for include beetroot, early potatoes and peas.

    1. Short on space? Go for bulbs

    If space in your back garden is limited, go for bulbs or plants in pots to create immediate impact. When they are on the point of flowering, you can plant the whole pot in a border to provide an instant splash of colour.

    Paul Hogan, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East, commented: “Inspired by National Gardening Week we want to help all homeowners really take advantage of the spring season and enjoy their gardens. Not only do we love to hear about people making the most of their outdoor spaces, we’re also keen to encourage them to consider the local wildlife and help it to thrive. Gardening is a great activity to get the kids outside and involved with too and we’re looking forward to seeing gardens across our developments come to life over the next few months.”

    David Wilson Homes’ Derwenthorpe development in York has many homes available with gardens just waiting for their forever families.

    Derwenthorpe offers a luxurious collection of two, three and four bedroom

    homes, available to purchase from £267,495. Near to York city centre and surrounded by plenty of green open space, Derwenthorpe is the ideal development for first time buyers, professionals and families alike.