Summer is fast approaching and we’re already enjoying the Spring sunshine. Is your garden ready to enjoy or are you looking at your neighbours’ glorious green spaces with envy? I know life is busy and it can be hard to find the time to get your garden prepared for summer. After a long, cold, wet winter it can be overwhelming to clear your overgrown garden. The good news is the hardest part is actually making a start. Once you’ve made the first step, it may not take as long as you think and you’ll begin to enjoy working outdoors. Clear the rubbish. trim the bushes, repaint surfaces, weed and mow the lawn. Then you can start to sort your pots and decide what to grow, adding beautiful colour to your garden. Once your lawn is cut all you need to do is throw a blanket down and you can start to relax in your outdoor retreat. However, for the ultimate garden to relax in there are five essential purchases for your garden- take a look:
Every garden needs at least one garden bench. This is always the first piece of furniture we buy for a new garden or make sure is ready for summer. A well-maintained bench can be used all year round, of course. Once your garden has a place to seat you’ll find yourself outside on sunny mornings enjoying your first coffee of the day and watching the stars at night. Larger gardens need more seating. You could invest in a hammock, swing chair or a garden sofa, but a traditional garden bench is always an essential spend.
2. Garden Table and Chairs
Invest in a good table and chairs and you can make the most of the sunshine by eating alfresco on warmer days. Unless you have a large, weatherproof, outdoor storage area choose a garden dining set that can stay outside all year round. Smaller households could opt for a bistro set. Larger households will benefit from a garden dining table and chairs or a traditional picnic table. Just like the household dining table, you’ll find your garden table has a multitude of uses: from crafting with the kids, potting seeds, enjoying cocktails and eating lunch outdoors, a garden table and chairs is a worthwhile investment.
3. A Garden Parasol
We look forward to the sun appearing, Then, suddenly it’s too hot and we find ourselves in the garden looking for the best shady spots. If you find yourself having to move your chairs out of the sun it’s time to invest in a parasol! A good quality garden parasol, from a company such as Solero Parasols, offer 100% protection for UV rays signified with a UPF 50+ factor. There are additional benefits to having a parasol in your garden too. Firstly, they look great and set the scene for your relaxing or entertaining area, secondly, models such as Solero Fratello have the ability to turn a full 360° and tilt 45° to add privacy to your garden and thirdly, while we’re working from home, they allow us to work outdoors without the off-putting screen glare. A garden parasol is a vital garden buy.
4. A Fire Pit
Even when we have warm summers, it can still be chilly at night. Never fear, the fire pit is here. There’s nothing like sitting around a fire with family and friends. Toast some s’mores, cuddle under a blanket, put the world to rights or just watch the stars while listening to the fire crackle. You’ll wonder why you never bought a fire pit before.
5. A BBQ
Oh, we Brit’s love a BBQ in the summer. Although disposable BBQs are available, once you built or bought a full BBQ for your garden you’ll find yourself barbecuing more and it will become quick and natural to fire up at the first sign of sun. You’ll find yourself becoming more adventurous with different recipes too. For me, nothing beats a charcoal BBQ but many people find Gas BBQs easier and more convenient. Choose what you will use and this will be a purchase you’ll never regret.
I said five essential garden purchases but this is a good bonus one. An outdoor pizza oven! It’s definitely on my garden wishlist.
Once your garden’s summer-ready you’ll find you add to it all the time. When it comes to the garden, plan carefully rather than making impulse purchases. Think first, is this product weatherproof, can it be left outdoors and will you get the use out of it? If so, treat yourself and create a garden you and your family will enjoy for years.
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