Importance of a tidy garden

Garden Mental Health Pest and Vermin Summer safety 11/06/2024

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Having a garden can be a great addition to your lifestyle – spending time outside is good for your mental and physical health, but it’s important to look after your garden and keep it looking the way it did when you moved in.

Preventing pests and vermin

Don’t allow your garden to become overgrown as this provides a good home for rats and mice to hide and nest. To reduce this risk, it’s always best to keep on top of your garden by regularly cutting your grass and making sure there’s no piles of leaves kicking about, as well as making sure you don’t leave any food on the floor.

Make sure any compost bins are regularly emptied, as this can attract pests, foxes, and stray cats.

For more information on treating pests and vermin, or to use our handy tool to find out whose responsibility it is to remove them, you can visit our website.

Keeping it safe

From poisonous berries and stinging nettles to thorns and overhanging tree branches, there can be potential risks for children all over the garden. You also need to be careful of any weed killer or fertilisers you might use that can be hazardous to children and pets.

The best way to prevent accidents from happening is to lock away any harmful gardening products, including tools like shears or spades, maintain any overgrown plants and trees and keep an eye on children when they’re in the garden.

Protecting and enhancing our green spaces

Having good quality green space is really important to the health and wellbeing of our communities and to the natural world. Green spaces, like our gardens and communal areas, provide the clean air that we breathe.

No matter how big or small your garden is, there's an opportunity to get the best out of it and help nature thrive! You can try planting up a smaller planter box with potted herbs from the supermarket or sew wildflower seeds to provide food for pollinators like bees and butterflies - without pollination by bees and bugs, we wouldn't have green spaces at all!

You can find out more on how to make the most of your green spaces by visiting our website.

Improving mental health and wellbeing

It’s been proven that spending time in the nature has a positive effect on your mental health, by improving your mood and reducing stress. A well-maintained garden provides you with a safe and peaceful space for you to enjoy and relax. Not just for your mental health but it also has benefits for your physical health in providing an open and clear space to exercise and stay fit.

Find out more about how nature can benefit your mental health.

If you pay a service charge toward ground maintenance, we'll maintain your communal garden. Depending on the time of year, our grounds maintenance team will make sure the grass is cut, hedges are under control and will take care of weeds and beds.

If you have any questions about maintaining private or communal gardens, give our Hub a call on 0345 60 20 540.