So, your unoccupied property insurance policy is bang up to date. Does that mean it's wise to simply leave your property alone until it's sold, rented or renovated? There are a number of reasons why you should keep tabs on your property, and particularly the garden.

If you're looking to sell or rent out the property, keeping your garden looking pretty (especially now that spring is here and all the neighbours are sprucing up their flower beds and lawns) will help make the place more attractive. In addition to this, keeping your garden well-maintained gives the impression it is inhabited - or at least that someone is keeping an eye on it.

Even if you're not into gardening, it doesn't take a horticultural genius to make the garden look nice. You don't need to splash out on expensive books by celebrity gardeners - there's plenty of info online. The BBC's gardening website is a great resource to help you get started: http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/

If you don't have the time to plant new flowers, setting aside a few hours to remove all the dead leaves and foliage from the winter can do wonders for the overall look of your garden. And who knows, you might even enjoy it and discover you have a new hobby!