Get your garden summer-ready with our quick and easy tips.
Summer’s just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to all it has to offer – namely, spending as much time as possible outside in the sunshine (fingers crossed).
If you’re lucky enough to have a spot of outdoor space where you live, now’s the perfect time to give it a summer makeover. It might take a bit of work, but you’ll thank us when you’re sitting out there at 8pm on a Wednesday with a G&T! Here are our five top tips for giving your garden the summer makeover it deserves…
Have a clear out
During those long, dark winter months, gardens can become a bit of a dumping ground for ‘excess stuff’ you don’t want in the house. Like the hoover that broke just before Christmas, or that spare bit of carpet you meant to chuck out. And speaking of Christmas, it’s probably time to get rid of all those glass bottles from Boxing Day.
The first step towards your very own outdoor sanctuary is to clear it out. Recycle what you can and take the rest to the tip.
Do a bit of pruning
Once your space is clear of clutter, you can start tidying it up. Pull up the weeds, cut back overgrown bushes and mow the grass. Make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands, put waste into black sacks and pop it in the brown bin (if you have one – if not, it’s back to the tip for you!).
Do a bit of planting
Even if you’re not the green-fingered type, adding foliage to your garden is pretty easy. Start by assessing your space – does it get lots of light? Not much light at all? What’s already growing there? Then visit your local garden centre and ask for the best plants to suit your garden environment. Buy some planters, soil and the plants, and you’re go to go!
This is the fun bit! Add detail to your garden with well-placed furniture and accessories – we love this wooden shelving unit, which looks great when stacked with potted plants. Or how about introducing a pop of colour with these bright and bold garden chairs?
Hanging planters are a good way to utilise space, and this woven one is perfect for trailing ivy. Finish the look with a string of outdoor fairy lights to add ambience when the sun goes down.
The best bit about a garden makeover is the finished result – it might seem pointless when you’re digging up yet another dandelion, but when you step back and admire your hard work, it’ll all be worth it. So make sure you celebrate!
Invite friends round, fire up the grill and toast your new space with some fruity cocktails. You earned it!