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Whether you’re a keen gardener or someone who doesn’t quite have the time to devote to it, there’s no denying that sitting in a lovely garden with the sun shining down on you is blissful. It’s even better if you’ve got a glass of gin in your hand!
So no matter your skill set, time constraints or garden size, I’ve put together this guide featuring 7 easy ways to get your garden ready for summer. I hope it’ll inspire you to make a few small steps towards creating your own little summer garden paradise.
1. Make sure you get the right tools for the job.
This is especially important if you’re one of those people who is short on time. Do you seriously want to spend loads of time trying to sort one garden job out when you could have done it twice as fast with the right tool? It’s important that you invest in good quality, highly rated tools to ensure you don’t waste tonnes of money on cheap tools that aren’t effective. Websites like Garden Tool Box offer straight, honest and no nonsense advice on tools and gardening equipment that will make your life a million times easier.
2. Have a tidy up.
During autumn and winter gardens seem to accumulate all sorts of unnecessary bits and bobs. If you’ve got bags of old autumn leaves, the remnants of bonfires, household bits that you wanted to get rid of but never got around to – now is the to do it! Get yourself a friend and do a dump run; having a clean canvas to work with is really helpful and will make the whole process less stressful. This is also a great opportunity to do a bit of weeding so you can plant/sow the flowers and plants you want in bloom during the summer months. Don’t forget that in spring, weeds such as dandelions are our bees main source of food, so don’t go too overboard if you can help it.
3. Mow the grass.
It’s difficult to keep your grass in tip top condition during the winter months because it’s always so blooming wet. When the sun starts to shine and the grass is finally dry, it’s time to get yourself outside and mow the lawn. Another plus side of doing this in the sunshine is that you normally get a pretty decent tan (but make sure you have some SPF protection).
4. Trim the hedges.
If you’ve got fencing then this is something you don’t really need to worry about, but if your hedges are looking a bit wild and rough around the edges, a little go-over with some secateurs or a hedge trimmer will immediately enhance the look of your garden. If your fences are looking a bit peaky, a lick of paint or wood treatment will bring them back to life. Tidying up the perimeters of your garden will make it look much bigger and more welcoming.
5. Sow seeds or plant flowers.
I would encourage everyone looking to spruce up their garden for summer to consider bees and other wildlife when thinking about the type of plants they’re looking to feature. I think planting some nice big blooms that smell gorgeous really adds to the relaxing feeling you get when you’re sitting outside in your garden soaking up the sun. There are lots of bee friendly plants available and you can either plant these in pots or flower beds or you can sow them from seeds if you’ve got the time to tend to them.
6. Update and clean up your garden furniture.
There are always excellent deals on garden furniture, but I think just like BBQs, you get the best deals in winter. If you’ve already got a great set of garden furniture, give it a wash or treat it with the necessary stain. Moldy/dirty garden furniture doesn’t not make you want to sit there with a drink or invite friends and family over for summer gatherings. Give things like your outside tables and chairs a little TLC and make your garden look way more enticing.
7. Clean your garden equipment.
This ranges from cleaning up and treating your BBQ to giving the garden shed a good clear out. During the summers it’s likely you’ll be using the shed a lot more than usual and you’ll almost certainly be bringing the BBQ out and entertaining! If you’ve got a greenhouse, it’s time to give the glass a good clean and get your pots and tools nicely organised.
These processes can all be done on the lead up to summer, which leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine with your friends and family. It’s best to get started on these jobs sooner rather than later because I guarantee you’ll not want to be cleaning out a stuffy shed or scrubbing your BBQ under the blazing sun, or rushing around in a panic to get it all done before guests arrive! You don’t need to spend a fortune or have a complex garden design in order to create your own little piece of heaven, it’s all about making sure your space is uncluttered and inviting. Hopefully I have left you raring to get outside and start laying down the foundations to create a fantastic garden ready for summer.