Is your garden looking a little beaten and drab after the onslaught of the long Scottish winter? In this blog we look at getting your garden summer ready with 5 easy tips for a gorgeous outdoor space.
Once the sun starts shining we are all itching to drag out the garden furniture, soak up the rays and make the most of whatever space we have. However, it’s worth taking a moment or two to get your garden in shape for the summer months. By making sure your outdoor space looks attractive it becomes an extension of your indoor living space – another amazingly colourful room full of life for the whole family to enjoy. From walled courtyards to large grassy gardens, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get set for a summer of outdoor living.
- Whip Your Garden into Shape
Start by making the most of what you already have. You’ll be surprised how much basic garden maintenance will perk up your outdoor space and make it feel like somewhere you can relax in.
It’s time to channel your inner Titchmarsh …
Love Your Lawn
Just give it a mow! There’s nothing nicer than a freshly clipped lawn, it looks great and smells amazing. If it’s looking less than lush, sprinkle with seed and water regularly.
A neatly mown lawn is a joy to behold in a British summer garden, so make sure yours is in tip-top condition. Re-sow any poor patches, aerate it to encourage root growth and give it a good scratch with a wire rake to allow light and water to reach the soil. It’s also a good idea to remove the most common lawn weed, the white-flowering clover. Pull them out individually by ripping out the stems, as this will hopefully avoid the plants getting established. Remember to not mow less than 1cm height off your grass – cutting it too short will give you a far less healthy-looking lawn.
Remove any moss or weeds from between paving flags and give decking some much-deserved love by sanding and re-treating with a stain or protector. If you have a jet washer, giving any paving a quick blast will transform it from tired slabs to almost new!
Banish Those Weeds
Weed out all the undesirables from borders and pots, and turn over the soil for a fresh, maintained look. Recruiting extra hands can make a big job smaller, and more fun! Get family and friends round to help, you’ll be surprised how quickly it comes together.
Keeping weeds at bay can seem like the never-ending task. If you are given or buy any plants always check them over before you introduce them to your garden. In the lead up to summer, you want your garden looking it’s the best right from the pathways and walkways to the lawn and borders. If you do find you’re losing the battle and have missed the moment to tackle weeds as you find them, you may wish to call in the cavalry with a specifically designed weed control product.
2. Paint And Treat The Fence
During the winter months, there is likely to be detrimental conditions for your garden fence. Before summer comes it is a great idea to give your fence a revitalised look of colour and health. Use a treatment such as Creosote to give it the extra protection it needs from those hot sunny days.
3. Clear Out the Shed
Over a long winter, you tend to stockpile a lot of odd bits which usually results in a chaotic mess that is in desperate need of order. If you love your garden shed then this should be a priority. We usually find the best method of doing this is to follow these simple steps:
Remove everything from your shed.
Sort all items into groups of ‘keep’ and ‘don’t keep’.
Throw or give away everything in the ‘don’t keep’ group.
Think about what you have left in comparison to the size you shed, and be ruthless about what to keep if you still have too much.
Clean the inside of the empty shed.
Place the remaining items back in the shed in a sensible organised order.
4. Clean the Summer Essentials
Don’t just drag your barbecue out, show it some TLC first! Depending on the type of barbecue or outdoor fire you have in your garden, it can vary in difficulty to clean and will certainly vary in how much it is affected by harsh winter conditions. If you have a masonry barbecue or fire pit you will have very little to do, however, you may have to remove any rust that has built up on the grill in wet conditions. If you have stored your barbecue away for the winter in might just be a case of a spring clean and dusting down before inviting the family and friends over for a feast.
If you have outdoor sofas and other furniture items then you will have to make sure they are pristine for all your summertime fun. It is recommended to take your cushions off any outdoor seating during winter, but if you forgot this year there are great ways to clean them with little hassle. Most covers should be made of a water-resistant material so a sponge down with warm soapy water and good air will have them ready to go.
5. Prepare to Entertain
Set the mood and ensure your BBQs and alfresco dinners extend well past dusk with simple outdoor lighting. Solar lights not only illuminate the surroundings but also add a little extra character, and allow you to enjoy your garden 24/7. Flickering tea lights in jam jars are another lovely way to inject instant charm, great for lighting before a BBQ or when the sun starts to go down.
Don’t forget the gazebo! You live in the UK and no matter what the weather forecast says, always prepare for drizzle. A pop-up gazebo is a perfect protection in case of a sudden downpour, store in the shed for quick retrieval in the event of precipitation.
Eating in the garden, garden parties and BBQs are all achievable with a summer-ready garden so get stuck into those spring gardening jobs and extend your living space.
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