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February: your home and garden checklist

February: your home and garden checklist

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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February is one of the chilliest months of the year. But with spring creeping ever closer, we're taking the opportunity to plan for sunnier days – from the warmth of our homes of course!
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By February, gardeners everywhere are dying to get back out in the soil and dirt. Sadly, most of the garden will still be dormant meaning there's not a great deal to do. However, if you just can't wait, we do have a few ideas of bits and bobs to plant – as long as you have the right equipment. Alternatively, you can give your indoor plants some love and repot anything that's starting to look a bit cramped!  

Whether you need to chop up more wood to fuel your stove or you're just sick of looking at a diseased tree or an ugly old tree stump, there's no better time than now to whip out your chainsaw. It's best to chop down trees while they are still dormant so don't delay any longer! This way, you can really make the most of your outdoor space come spring.

If you're itching to get outdoors but still don't have a lot of plant life to work with, take the opportunity to do an inventory of your gardening tools. Throw away or recycle anything that is past its best and don't be tempted to hang onto ancient tools. Remember: a faulty lawnmower is a recipe for disaster. While you're at it, you might want to think about upgrading your fence to keep your dog in and your neighbours out...!

Sadly, it still remains quite complicated to jet off to foreign climes. So why not use your holiday budget to make your home a space you can be really proud of? From giving your walls a fresh lick of paint to investing in an office space or even converting an unused attic, there are loads of ways to make your home feel like a brand new space!

This time last year we were in a national lockdown and, without going into too much detail, some made the most of their time to take their first leap into parenthood. Want to get everything in order for your first born? Feeling a touch overwhelmed as a new parent? Don't worry: we've got plenty of guides to make sure your home and nursery are spick and span!

Weekend trips continue to be difficult, but fear not: Valentine's Day is not ruined! Why not tackle those DIY jobs you've been putting off? Nothing says 'I love you' quite like finally hanging those picture frames or getting round to installing a shower curtain. Alternatively, invest in something you and your partner will both enjoy like a walk-in wardrobe or a hot tub – trust us, you won't regret it!

If you're lucky enough to have your own workshop, it's probably become your little safe haven recently. Show it some love with brand new equipment and treat yourself to some new accessories while you're at it. From drill accessories to new batteries, there's no end to the projects you can tackle when you've got the right kit!

While most dogs are happy to venture out in all weather, some need a little helping hand at this time of year. Kit out your dog with a snuggly jacket for walks and make sure they have a warm bed to cosy up in afterwards! Now is also a good time to check up on your cat flap to make sure your kitty can shelter from the cold. And why not give the birds somewhere to relax while you're at it?!

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 248 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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