Summer is just around the corner and once the weather improves and temperatures start to increase, you will definitely want to get outside as often as you can. So, there is no wonder why you might be wondering what you can do to your garden to improve it. After all, the nicer and better kept your garden is, the more you will try to be outside to use it as much as possible.
Ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to some useful gardening in time for summer? Here are some of the best things you can do to get your garden all ready for summer.
Get Some New Garden Furniture
It’s a really nice idea to get some wicker furniture for your back garden. You will then be a lot more inclined to head outside each evening and relax in your outdoor space. As well as a few chairs and an outdoor sofa, you might want to add some garden dining furniture as well. You can then enjoy plenty of al fresco dining in the summer months, especially if you have a barbecue.
Dust Off The Barbecue
If you do have a barbecue, you will need to dust it off and clean it so that it is ready to use in time for summer. If you are like me, you will probably store your barbecue in your garden shed throughout winter, during which time it could get covered in a lot of cobwebs and dust. So, before you start grilling your sausages and burgers, you will need to clean it off to get it ready to cook on. Simply wiping it down with warm soapy water should be enough to clean off all the dirt, but you might want to wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe as well just to make sure.
Feed The Lawn
Once summer finally begins, you will notice that the lawn starts to grow extremely quickly, and you will need to mow it at least once a week to keep on top of all that grass. But to ensure that your lawn can put up with so much mowing, you should think about feeding it over the next month. This can help boost the growth of the grass and it will prevent any large patches developing from all the mowing. You will be able to find some good quality lawn feeds from your nearest gardening centre at very reasonable prices.
Remove Winter Leaves From Gutters
There is a very good chance that all of the gutters on the exterior of your property will now be filled with quite a lot of dead leaves and other organic material. You won’t want to leave all of this rubbish in your gutters for too long, as it will start to decompose and could cause some seriously bad fragrances. And that will be made a lot worse in the summer in the hot weather. So, you should try and get up to your gutters and clean them out as soon as you can. Ideally, do it after you have had a few dry days so that all of the dead leaves have dried out. This will make the gutters a lot easier to clean out. If you don’t fancy balancing on a ladder to do this, you could always call a handyman to do this for you.
Add Some Extra Shade
When we create or redesign a garden and the outdoor areas of our properties, it is often easy to get carried away with trying to get as much sunshine in as possible. For this reason, quite a few homeowners cut down large trees and reduce the size of their fences as these can cast quite a bit of shade. However, you shouldn’t see shade as a bad thing in your garden. In actual fact, shade in your garden could end up being a godsend, especially on very hot days. You should consider replacing your outdoor dining area close to or very much in some shade so that you and your family don’t suffer from sunburn or sunstroke from sitting outside so much. Not only that, though, but some of your plants and flowers might need to be in shaded areas as well. So, when you are planting any new plants in your garden, make sure they have all the shade they need. Otherwise, they won’t grow as well as you would hope, and your garden won’t turn out all that nice.
Consider External Lighting
You will also want to spend some long evenings in your garden during the summer to try and enjoy all of the good temperatures as much as possible. To ensure you can still sit outside even after the sun has gone down, you might like the idea of adding some external lighting to your outdoor areas. There are various ways you can go about this. For instance, you might like to add some fairy lights to one of your property’s exterior walls. You can also buy some illuminated plastic stakes from gardening centres that can be lit up. These are great for lighting the whole way along a garden path.
Clean Your Gardening Tools
If you are a keen gardener, you will probably have a lot of different tools and pieces of equipment stored in your shed or garage. You will probably find that you often forget to clean these throughout the year and just let all the dirt and grime build up on them. This is often all too easy to do as the dirt won’t make the gardening tools any more difficult to use. However, it could make them a lot more prone to rust. So, to help your tools last longer, you should think about giving them a good clean. Now is the best time to do it as it should be dry enough to leave them outside to dry off in the air. Ideally, give them another clean just before winter too.
Follow the tips above and your garden will quickly be ready for summer!