Home entertaining is likely going to rise in the UK. With that in mind, it’s time to think about your garden and whether you should be keeping it presentable at all times. Realistically, not all of us are gardening experts and we can sometimes neglect our gardens during the colder months. It’s actual fact that the UK wastes up to £672 million each year as we don’t know how to look after our garden space.
The following guide, will give you an idea on how to keep you garden in the best condition for the warmer climates.
Tidy up your garden
This is an obvious start, but it can sometimes be tough to do. If you’ve let your garden go, simply tidying up and removing weeds can make your space so much more appealing. 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.
Sweep any debris or leaves from your decking boards, if you have them. 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 a shed or fencing, you may find it worthwhile to give it a fresh coat of paint. The change in weather throughout the year may see them looking a tad tired and in need of brightening up.
It’s worth also taking the opportunity to declutter your shed. 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.
Add furniture and Utensils
If you garden seems a bit bare, introduce garden furniture to make the most out of the space. 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.
You could give your garden a more larger appeal, if you place a mirror in it. 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.
When you think of summer entertaining, then no doubt a BBQ comes 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.
Introduce Flowers and Plants
Let’s face it, if you’re a novice at gardening then it’s less likely that your plants and flowers would have survived through the cold months. So that means you’ll be back to square one to bring some colour to your space. However, don’t leave it too late either. It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to perfecting your bloom. It’s never too early to start getting your garden in 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 to any planted flowers. 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.
Check off all the tasks listed above, and your area should look more appealing in time for summer, where you can unwind and enjoy hosting those parties.