If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to get your garden ready for summer. Here are five ways that we will be preparing our garden and you can too:
1. Cutting and Weeding
While this is an ongoing job the first “lawn cut” of the year and cutting back of all the hedges (my bunting has disappeared) really makes a difference. Once you’ve cut the hedge and weeded, you’ll need to dispose of the waste to keep your garden looking tidy. Check out this Garden Waste Clearance Guide for more advice on clearing an overgrown garden. If you have a large amount of garden waste it will be more convenient to consider skip hire. This means you can load the waste as you clear and keep it all contained, ready to be taken away. Once things for sure, your garden will look so much bigger and tidier after a chop and a weed.
2. Prepare the Patio Area
While the kids love to play on the grass, we spend most of our time on our patio area. In our case, we’ve needed to weed, sweep and clean our patio. We also check our slabs and re-concrete if needed. Many people have stylish decking, which can also need a clean, paint or even replacing at this time of year.
3. Prepare Your Garden Furniture
For some families, now is the time to bring your stored outdoor furniture outdoors once more. For others, it’s the time to clean, paint and refresh your garden furniture. If for you it is time to invest in new garden furniture then take a look at the outdoor range from Cox and Cox (I love the Grey String Bench). I’d also recommend buying a hammock to relax in. Don’t worry if you don’t have suitable trees to hang from, just buy a hammock stand and everyone can enjoy stress relief in the garden.
4. A Fresh Lick of Paint
This year our exterior home has needed a fresh lick of paint, it looks much smarter. Walls, windows and fences can also be painted if needed. A home can also be brightened with a new house number, hanging baskets and ornaments too.
5. Go Potty
My favourite way to get the garden summer ready is to repot our plants. Choose some pretty pots, fill with soil and either plant ready grown seedlings or grow flowers from seed. Although most flowers can be sewn from April, it’s not too late to plant in June ready for flowering in August. This is a fun way to keep kids entertained in the garden. Kids also love to “plant” a shell or fairy garden to play with.
How will you be preparing your garden for summer?