With entertaining at home on the rise in the UK, the public is conscious of the need to keep their gardens tidy at all times. However, the UK’s citizens are throwing away up to £672 million each year as they aren’t aware of how to best look after our garden space.
Here, with the summer approaching, we ponder how to best to spruce up your garden.
It may some simple, but sometimes tidying up an overlooked garden space can be a tough task. If a garden has been let go, simply tidying up and removing weeds can make the space so much more appealing. Weeding may seem like an endless task but removing them will make a garden automatically look a whole lot cleaner and presentable.
Begin by sweeping any fallen leaves or debris away in gardens with decking boards. Then, use a high-pressure cleaner to wash away any remaining dirt. Once that has been done, 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 any broken or chipped tiles are replaced 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.
It can give a whole new look to a garden if a shed or fence is given a coat of paint. The change in weather throughout the year may see them looking a tad tired and in need of brightening up. Sheds should also be decluttered. Any items inside should be sorted into ‘keep’ and ‘don’t keep’ piles. While people may not often see inside a shed, the build-up can get messy very quickly if it’s not kept on top of.
Garden furniture can be a great addition to any outdoor space. It doesn’t matter what size the garden is, 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.
A way of creating a larger space is by putting up a mirror, this is great way to give a garden that larger feel. It’s important to position the mirror so it has something that it can reflect, such as a nice floral display.
A BBQ will be a great addition to any yard if you have plans to entertain. Charcoal, electric or gas BBQs can turn a 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. Spots should be the place everyone wants to go!
It is important to plan ahead with regards to flowers and plants because unless an avid gardener is looking after the garden space, the chances of anything lasting through winter would be slim. That’ll mean being back to square one to bring some colour to a space. It’s never too early to start getting a garden in shape. For example, hanging baskets can bring some colour to a garden all year round. To perfect a hanging basket displays in time for the summer months, they should ideally be planted in April. However, they must be protected 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.
This is also the case for planted flowers. Checking when the optimum time of planting any seeds is is essential to keeping a display up and running and ready for the wow-factor this summer.
With all the above methods being followed, a garden will look so much more appealing this summer, making it perfect to unwind in, or even for hosting those late-night garden parties.
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