Is your garden ready for summer? Today’s guest post covers five easy ways to spruce up your outdoor space so you can sit back and enjoy the view!
Summer is on the horizon. Long sun-filled days spent relaxing on a sun lounger with a glass of Pimm’s in hand and impromptu barbecues are on their way. For many of us, our gardens have been left in dire straits through encountering severe weather over the past winter months, from cold weather and snow, to flooding from masses of rain.
Not only does gardening help create a warm and inviting space, it also gives you a good physical workout and helps with improving mental health too, which is so important. Set aside some time to spruce up your garden and get summer-ready using these five tips.
Have a tidy up
Tidying your garden can make the world of difference. To get your garden in order, it’s wise to sweep up any fallen leaves that have congregated over the winter months, and clear all pathways and flowerbeds of any rogue weeds to make the space look clean and organised.
As daunting as it sounds, consider trimming off any dead stems and remove the dead heads of any neglected plants to encourage regrowth. If your garden has any climbing plants they are most likely in full flower, so it is worth tying back any stray branches to make the most of the flowers.
Create a theme
After a while, plant pots can become tired-looking and cracked. Think about replacing the pots in your garden and introduce a new theme to give the garden a summer refresh, whether this be through adding colour, or creating a display of pots of different heights and material.
Look at the space you have available for a cluster of pots and measure this space, so when you go to the garden centre you can arrange the pots in-store to ensure they’ll fit in the space and work effectively. Don’t throw away the old pots – smash them up and consider creating a crockery corner feature.
“A change is as good as a rest”, as the saying goes. Think about re-jigging your outside seating area to help complement the space better for alfresco dining and get-togethers with friends and family. It is also sensible to consider where the sun hits, to make sure you are able to make the most of it during summer evenings.
In addition, if you keep your bins and recycling in your garden, hide them! The chances are you will be spending an awful lot of time in the garden and don’t want to be seeing – or smelling – bins. Consider building a bin shed, or even corner them off using potted plants.
If you forgot to tidy away the garden furniture over the winter, your wooden furniture may well be looking a bit weather-beaten. Now’s the time to give it a good wipe down and treat it with oil so it looks as good as new.
Purchase new furniture
If that garden chair is looking too rickety to survive another summer, it may be time for a refresh. Treat yourself to some new garden furniture to create a brand-new look, such as a table, chairs and recliners, along with an all-important umbrella to shade you from the heat of the midday sun. A hot tub parasol is a good option, as they are freestanding and cover a wide area, without getting in the way.
What are your tips for getting the garden ready for summer?
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