For many of us, there’s nothing more enjoyable than escaping to the garden on a bright, sunny day. With summer on the horizon, it’s always beneficial to plan ahead and try and cross off maintenance and upkeep jobs. Here’s a handy checklist to ensure your outdoor space is ready for those long, hazy days.
Trees, bushes and plants
Spring is the season when our gardens tend to burst into life, but often, winter can take its toll and there’s a bit of work to do before we can lie back and enjoy the views. Before you add to flower beds or buy new planters or potted trees for your garden, it’s a good idea to prepare your beds, trim back hedges, bushes and trees and remove weeds. If you have large trees in your garden, you can enlist professional help from companies like Brents Tree Service to help you prune, trim or even remove trees that might have become overgrown or been damaged by high winds or storms. There are several options when it comes to adding to your garden. You can sow seeds or plant bulbs, you can buy ready-filled planters, baskets and troughs or you can design your own planters. Once you have a selection of buckets, baskets, tubs or crates, you can choose which types of plants and flowers you want to use.
If you have a lawn in your garden, it may not look its best when spring arrives. The cold winter weather can affect grass growth and you may notice that the surface looks patchy or uneven. As the sun starts to appear more frequently and the days get longer, your lawn should respond, but there are steps you can take to promote growth, including planting in sparse patches, watering and cutting and trimming. Always wait for a dry day to mow the grass and follow a route, which prevents you from mowing the same patch over and over again. If your lawn is in very poor condition, or you’re thinking about making your garden more low maintenance, you could consider opting for artificial grass.
Many of us are keen to spend as much time as possible outdoors when it’s light and bright in the spring and summer months. If you’re looking forward to al fresco lunches, drinks with friends on a Friday evening or weekend brunches or barbecues, there are several ways you can prepare your garden for outdoor living. Add seating, use soft furnishings, fire pits or patio heaters to stay warm after dark and add outdoor lighting. You can choose from table and chair sets, sofas, benches, hanging seats, hammocks, sunbeds and deck chairs for entertaining, chilling out and catching rays and use different types of lighting and accessories to set the tone and add ambiance. String lights work brilliantly with floor cushions, throws and rustic benches and hammocks while contemporary lanterns are an ideal addition to smart decks and patios with rattan sofa sets and outdoor cushions.
Is your garden ready for summer? If you’re gearing up to spend long, lazy days in the garden on the weekends, or you can’t wait to retreat to your yard after a busy day at work, cross off these jobs now.