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Preparing Your Garden for Summer

By Mountain Publishing @mountainpublish
Preparing your garden for summer

As we see the warmer months, slowly approaching us over the horizon no doubt that the thought of home entertaining would spring to mind. Therefore, there's a need to keep your garden space clean and tidy at all times. Admittedly, we aren't all gardening experts and we can often neglect our spaces during the colder months. In fact, the British public are wasting up to £672 million each year as we don't know how to best look after our garden space.

With plenty of to prepare for the summer, we look at the best ways to spruce your garden up.

Tidy up your garden

An obvious place to start of with would be to clean your garden, which can sometimes be touch. If you've let your garden go, simply tidying up and removing weeds can make your space so much more appealing. Set aside those expensive plans to enhance your yard with water features or a cabbage patch for now, as it will still look messy if you don't take care of the essentials first. Weeding may seem like an endless task but removing them will make your garden automatically look a whole lot cleaner and presentable.

If you garden has decking boards it in, then giving it a good a sweep to clear off any fallen leaves and debris would be effective. Then, use a high-pressure cleaner to wash away any remaining dirt. Once you've done that, you can scrub the deck where required to bring it back to life in time for the sunshine. The same applies for any concrete or tiled areas. Make sure you replace any broken or chipped tiles and give it a thorough clean. As this area is usually the most walked-on area, it's important to keep on top of maintenance here.

Your garden shed, and fencing may need a touch up of paint if you have them. The change in weather throughout the year may see them looking a tad tired and in need of brightening up.

You could also take the opportunity to declutter your shed. Sort out any items inside into 'keep' and 'don't keep' piles and get rid of anything you don't need. While people may not often see inside your shed, the build-up can get messy very quickly if you don't keep on top of it.

Add furniture and utensils to the garden

You may be feeling that your garden is looking a bit bare, then why not introduce furniture to it. It doesn't matter what size garden you have, somewhere to relax is essential. For those with limited space, add a hammock, while for those with more ground to play with, a table and chair set can be used to help you create the perfect living area. You have to think about where you'd want to spend those sunny days relaxing, or indeed how you'd want to entertain any guests. Aim to position this furniture towards the bottom of your garden to give it the illusion that it's bigger than it actually is.

Place a mirror in your garden which will give it a larger appearance. If you do choose this, though, make sure you position a mirror, so it has something that it can reflect, such as a nice floral display.

When it comes to home entertaining, no doubt a BBQ springs to mind. Adding a Charcoal, electric or gas BBQs can turn your personal space into a home entertainment haven. While the UK may have unpredictable weather forecasts at times, as soon as the sun shines, the public clamour for a good BBQ. Make your spot the place to go and show off your garden space.

Add plants and flowers to your garden

If you don't have much experience in gardening, then the chances of your flowers and plants would of lasted through the winter are slim. That'll mean you'll be back to square one to bring some colour to your space. However, don't leave it too late either. It's important to plan ahead when it comes to perfecting your bloom. It's never too early to start getting your garden in shape. For example, hanging baskets can bring some colour to your garden all year round. To perfect your hanging basket displays in time for the summer months, you should ideally be planting them in April. However, be prepared to protect them from any potential frost well into May. Calibrachoa is a good choice to add to your basket, alongside blue petunias - a flower which is known for being weather resistant.

This goes with planted flowers as well. Be sure to check the optimum time of planting any seeds to make sure your display is up and running and ready for the wow-factor this summer.


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