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Soaking up the rays on a lounger, kids playing in a paddling pool and evening BBQ’s spent with friends paint the perfect picture of Summer; a time of year that your outdoor space really comes into its own. Whether you’re an avid gardener or simply like being outdoors, your garden will be somewhere you spend much of your time once the sun is out.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to think about preparing your garden for Summer, to make sure it’s in tip-top condition before you begin using it more regularly.

How To Begin Preparing Your Garden For Summer

While the British weather is never guaranteed to be nice during the Summer, the likelihood of spending more time outdoors is relatively high. Therefore, it’s a good idea to give it some attention before the season is upon us.

Gardens are amazing extensions of our homes and if utilised correctly, provide perfect spaces for kids to play, to host garden parties and spend time relaxing in the warm topping up the tan. Whatever you use your garden for, it’s time to think about making it the best it can be.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve devised a list of things that you can do to create the perfect garden and space in which to laze away those Summer days.

Sprinkler on grass

Attend To Grassed Areas

One of the most important aspects of your garden is the grass. It’s a place that children play, and people sit, while setting the tone for your entire outdoor area. If your grass is dry and scorched, it won’t give your guests the best first impression of your garden and will make the whole space look a little lacklustre. Lusciously green grass provides a healthy aesthetic overall and is much more inviting.

It’s important to check labels, particularly if you have children or pets, but by using a growing seed, you’ll likely see your lawn spring back to life in no time at all. This article from Pennington will guide you through how to plant grass seed and ways in which you can guarantee a lush, green lawn.

To keep your grass in good condition, water it deeply but less often. This can be achieved by investing in a good sprinkler and leaving it on once a week for a more extended period of time. By doing this, your grass’ roots will grow deeper into the soil, and it will appear healthier and greener. Gardena have some great sprinklers for all lawned sizes and shapes.

Keep On Top Of Pest Control

While many creepy crawlies are great for your garden and keep it healthy, a lot of unwanted pests can also wheedle their way in. Hundreds of different species of wildlife will use your garden as their main habitat, so it’s important to keep on top of the peskier varieties and ensure that they don’t ruin your hard work.

Using an organic insect repellent is a good idea, as it’ll deter pests from slowly eating their way through your garden while being kind to plants. Take a look at the range from Little Fields Farm, for a variety of sprays aimed at keeping unwanted bugs at bay.

If larger pests, such as mice or moles are becoming an issue, this could be a problem best left to the professionals. You can report the issue to your local authority, or contact a local pest control company who will be able to advise you accordingly.

Summer house in garden

Revive Outdoor Buildings

You may be lucky enough to have an outbuilding or summer house located in your garden, and if so, Summer is the time to rejuvenate these spaces. Even conservatories will benefit from a little TLC, as they are fabulous places to spend time relaxing in the heat during the Summer months.

If you have space but don’t currently own a summer house, this could prove to be a great addition to your garden. As well as offering an extra area for storage, summer houses are great places to retreat to should the blistering heat get a little too much. Waltons have a lovely range, in different styles, sizes and colour, making it easy to find one to suit your garden perfectly.

Alternatively, why not consider the possibility of adding a conservatory? As installers of conservatories in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, most of our clients opting for this popular extension will do so in preparation for Summer, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Consider The Design

If you’ve just moved into a new house or are wanting to switch up the aesthetics of your existing garden in time for the Summer months, why not dig a little deeper into the overall design?

A garden is the perfect place to get creative and implement some fantastic design ideas. Some simple ways to immediately create a more attractive space include the following:

  • New Plant Pots – So simple but really effective; the addition of some brightly patterned pots, tied in with the colour scheme of your garden, will add eye-catching attractive additions. Crocus have some lovely plant pots, ranging in material and colour, enabling you to apply your own unique twist.
  • Garden Decorations – From hanging lanterns and wall clocks to mirrors and rugs, garden decorations are becoming increasingly popular and can completely transform an outdoor space. Greenfingers have a great collection to give you some inspiration and help to make your garden look beautiful for Summer.
  • Fencing – Are your garden fences looking a little worse for wear? It’s amazing the difference new fences can make to an outdoor space; immediately revitalising a garden when replaced. As specialists in installing garden fencing in Milton Keynes, we have had the pleasure of transforming many client’s gardens with beautiful new fencing.
  • Patio Furniture – Summer is the perfect time to invest in some new outdoor furniture. From beautifully chic sofas to stylish tables and chairs, there are so many options available nowadays to fit in perfectly with your design ideas. Take a look at these from moda; offering every possible combination you could possibly think of in terms of patio furniture.

lady planting flowers

Fill Your Garden With Flowers

The addition of new flowers is probably the most obvious and yet most rewarding way of getting your garden ready for Summer. Whether you’d like a perfectly pruned space, ideal for afternoon tea on the lawn, or a slightly more wild aesthetic replicating The Secret Garden, anything is achievable using the right flowers.

RHS have some great information on ways in which flowers can shape the design of your garden and be used in certain ways to manipulate the aesthetics. From cottage garden to Mediterranean plants, they’re all covered, so take your pick depending on your personal preferences.

Revitalise Patio Areas

So, you’ve invested in new outdoor furniture and bought some fantastic new garden decorations; don’t let your paved or patio areas let you down! Similarly to grass, if your patio is covered in weeds, weather-worn or generally looking tired and dull, it could be time to look at relaying the area. Why not look at replacing your slabs with some fresh new paving, tying in with the design and colour scheme you are going for?

We have laid numerous patios in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, helping clients to completely change the look of their garden and get it looking great for Summer.

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Tidy Up!

A tedious task but vital if you’re wanting any area, inside or out, looking its best – and your garden is no exception! Before you set to work improving your grass, planting new flowers or replacing your fences, make sure the entire area is clear of clutter to start with a completely blank canvas. Follow these steps, and your garden will be spick and span in no time:

  • Weeding – Begin by getting rid of any pesky weeds, in flower beds and patios, as this will immediately make the space look better.
  • Clear edges – Tidy up borders with a strimmer to keep those flower beds extra tidy and ready for new seeds. Check out this article from T3 for the best strimmers available in 2019.
  • Painting – If you’re not looking to replace fencing or get a new summer house, why not give them a lick of paint and tidy them up a little? It’s amazing the difference a fresh coat of paint can make!
  • Wash – Get the pressure washer out and clear away all of the grime that winter has left behind. Your outdoor buildings, fences and patios will look a whole lot better after a deep clean, so it’s well worth doing. If you don’t own a pressure washer, Screwfix offer a range at varying price points, so you’re bound to find one to suit your budget.

Create An Idyllic Outdoor Area In Time For Summer

By following all of the steps laid out above, you’ll be ready to enjoy a space completely unique to you just in time for Summer. Use it as an excuse to create a brand new space you’ll be able to show off to family and friends, during garden parties, BBQ’s and days spent in the sun.

While you’re focusing on outdoor areas of your property, try not to neglect the front. We regularly get calls from customers wanting to revamp their driveways in Milton Keynes, for reasons similar to those outlined above. If you need help with this or anything else at all, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d be happy to advise. Bring on Summer!