Entertainment at home is an important part of having fun in the UK — therefore it’s important to keep our gardens looking fantastic when we have guests. Obviously, not all of us have expert green fingers and can fall foul of letting our greenery grow out of control during winter. So much so that the British public are wasting around £672 million annually due to not knowing how to care for our overgrown gardens.
Here, although early and prepared, we’ll discuss how to spruce up your garden with plenty of time to prepare for the warmer days.
Tidy Garden, Tidy Mind
Although admittedly obvious, this can actually be quite difficult. If your garden is out of control, beginning with weed removal help get rid of unwanted intruders. Hold off on intricate plans to include a water feature or garden shed for now, because it’ll be wasted on a messy garden. Although it may seem to take forever, it will instantly look a whole lot better.
If your garden has decking, sweep away dirt, debris, and fallen leaves. High-pressure cleaners can be particularly useful in removing tough, stubborn marks. You can also do this on concrete areas, examining for broken or chipped tiles that could be replaced for a more presentable look.
Why not give your fencing or shed a fresh lick of paint — it’s likely that the wearing weather has made them look quite beaten and run down, so give them a little pick me up.
Declutter your shed — a tidy shed is a tidy mind garden! Although the inside of your shed is far from visible, a build-up of mess can make garden maintenance that little bit tougher and demotivating.
Garden furniture and accessories
If your garden is relatively bare and empty, consider buying some garden furniture to add a social element — regardless of the size, it’s important to have a dedicated area to relax. If you do have a relatively small garden, adding a hammock will take up less space. If you can fit garden furniture, placing it at the bottom of the garden will make your garden appear bigger rather than taking up a lot of space. Including a mirror in your garden adds a quirky touch, also making your garden appear larger. Just make sure it’s reflecting something appealing like a nice area of flowers or decoration.
If you plan on entertaining in your garden, a BBQ is essential! There are a range of BBQs to choose from, including charcoal, electric or gas BBQs, instantly turning your outside area into a fun haven. Although the British weather is notoriously unpredictable, when the sun shines, there is a national rush for a good, tasty BBQ. And when the night comes and the temperature cools, consider investing in an outdoor heater to keep everyone cosy. Make your house the place to be!
Unless gardening is your main hobby, it’s likely your flowers and plants have withered during the cold winter months — this, unfortunately, means you need to go back to square one with nurturing flowers to good health. Make sure you don’t start too late! Plan ahead and get started early on fixing up your garden. It’s always a good idea to incorporate some hanging baskets into your garden, which look good all year round. If you plan on blossoming some beautiful flowers for the summer, start planting them in April, and be prepared to shield them from frost that could last into May. Calibrachoa and blue petunia flowers are ideal for baskets due to their weather-resistant abilities. If you plan on planting other flowers, make sure you research optimum planting time so that your garden has full potential this summer.
Adding a water feature and a birdbath will not only make your garden stand out but will invite plenty of wildlife and animals into your garden. An essential consideration during the current climate, providing food and water for birds and other animals will help support them during tough times and cold months.
Not only having positive effects for animals, water features completely change the ambience outside, improving your mood and making you feel happier.
Doing these tips will make your garden the hot spot this summer, whether you’re hosting a summer garden party, an intimate late-night tipple, or some quality alone time. Happy gardening!