It’s official, summer is finally here! It’s time to dig out the shorts, dust off the sun lounger and drag out the BBQ in preparation for the warmer weather.
Although it might not feel like summer at the moment, we’re set for an absolute scorcher next week.
UK news site, The Sun, told Brits to brace for a ‘Spanish Plume’ with temperatures set to soar to 23°C next week.
With the hottest days of the year on their way, it’s time to get your garden summer ready!
Here are a few things you could do this weekend to transform your outdoor space into the ultimate place to soak up the sun.
A neatly mown lawn is a joy to behold in an English summer garden, so make sure yours is in top condition. If you haven’t got time to mow, use a strimmer to make sure the edges are tidy.
If you’ve got any poor patches around the garden and a little more time on your hands, re-sow and aerate any spots that need an extra bit of TLC.
Give these patches a good scratch with a wire rake to allow light and water to reach the soil.
The war against garden weeds can seem like a never-ending battle.
Keeping them at bay can be tricky but there are a few things you can do to stop them growing.
Before you introduce any new plants to your garden, always check them over first.
Especially woody plants that ground elder, bindweed or couch grass are attracted to.
If you want a quick fix to your weed problem, you can purchase a specifically designed week control product from your local supermarket.
If you’ve neglected your outdoor furniture over the colder months you’ll need to spruce them up in preparation for some summertime entertaining.
Need to spruce up your sofa? If your sofa cushions are Velcro or zipped, you can simply bung them in the wash on a low cycle with a mild detergent.
If your garden table is looking a bit worse for wear after the winter, you can give it an instant lift with accessories.
Throw on a seasonal tablecloth and add a floral, decorative centerpiece. Your garden table will have a completely new lease of life.
Depending on the type of barbeque you have, it can vary in difficulty to clean.
If you have a masonry barbecue you’ll have very little to do apart from removing any rust that may have built up over the rainy months.
If you’ve tucked your barbeque away over the winter, chances are, it’ll only need a little spring clean.
Just remember to dust it down before inviting everyone over for burgers!
Lighting is essential if you want to create an inviting atmosphere after the sun has disappeared for the evening.
Simple ways to create the perfect evening atmosphere include outdoor, battery powered fairy lights or loads of candles.
If you like adding a little creativity to your space, try placing the candles in coloured mason jars.
Attach a piece of wire to the lid and hang them all over your garden. It’s a cheap, simple solution to mood lighting.
Click here for more ideas of how you could use mason jars in your garden.
If you’re looking for some bigger ideas of mood lighting, try solar panel lights or a fire pit!
They might take a bit more time and money to install/set up, but they’re well worth it once the sun goes down.
It’s highly likely the winter months won’t have been kind to your poor old garden fence.
Before summer weather really kicks in, give your garden fence a revitalised look with some treatment and a fresh lick of paint.
Use treatment such as Creosote to give it the extra protection it needs from those scorching summer days.
This all said, summer is about kicking back and enjoying whatever you love doing in the sunshine.
So, if you’re looking for a new home with an amazing garden or a bit of #gardeninspo, we’ve got you covered.
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