"First things first, would be to simply clear up your garden and remove any weeds, which can already make improvements on the look of your garden before anything else. "
The warmer months are drawing nearer and nearer, and no doubt when they arrive that home entertaining will be on the rise in the UK. So, with that it would be good to start thinking about your garden space and whether you’ll want it to be presentable for the summer. In the real world, we’re not all gardening experts and we tend to neglect our garden throughout the winter period. In fact, the British public wastes up to £672 million each year on our garden because we don’t know how to look after it.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide with help from gas BBQs specialists Flogas that advise you how to best prepare your garden and have it looking it’s best for the warmer months approaching.
Clear your garden
First things first, would be to simply clear up your garden and remove any weeds, which can already make improvements on the look of your garden before anything else. 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 have any timber decking in your garden, then it might be best to sweep any fallen leaves or debris off it. 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.
If you have any wooden fencing or a shed, then it would be a good idea to give it a fresh coat of paint or varnish. The change in weather throughout the year may see them looking a tad tired and in need of brightening up.
Speaking of sheds, it would be a good time to declutter yours. 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.
You can consider making the most out of your space, by adding garden 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 to give it a larger appeal. 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.
No doubt when it comes to home entertaining, that a BBQ springs to mind. 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 flowers and plants
Unless you’re an expert in gardening, then the chances of any plants or flowers surviving throughout the winter are slim. It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to perfecting your bloom. It’s never too early to start getting your garden into 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.
The same applies for 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.
If you tick off the list above, your garden should be looking it’s best for the summer, which you can take that time to unwind and even host those late-night garden parties.