Get Your Garden Summer-Ready

Spring has well and truly sprung, and that can only mean one thing: summer is just around the corner. That means that you will be starting to get outside more and enjoy your garden. But there are probably a whole load of jobs that you haven’t got round to yet. Now is the perfect time to spruce up the outside of your home. Whether you are planning just to do a little neatening and tidying, or are undertaking a high investment project, here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.

Clean the Walkway and Patio
During the winter months, it is more than likely that any outdoor paths, patios and decking that you have has become littered with dirt and debris. The best way to clear all this off is with a pressure washer. You can then go about replacing any slabs or tiles that have become damaged, or possibly just flip them over. On concrete walkways, you can fill in the cracks with filler that matches the colour.

Prep Your Windows
During the summer months, you will be opening and closing the windows on a much more regular basis. Caulk any gaps in the framing and make sure the mechanics are working properly by opening and closing them several times. When you come round to actually washing the windows, try doing it on a cloudy day as the sun may dry out any solution that you use which can cause streaks.

Consider a Sunroom or Conservatory
If you are thinking about investing in a big project, adding a conservatory or sunroom to your house gives you the perfect location to enjoy the summer months. Not only this, it gives you the perfect protection from the element, which can be very useful when you are living in an unpredictable climate. If you are planning to enjoy the room in other months beyond the summer, you should also consider methods to make it more heat efficient like a Guardian conservatory roof. Ultimately, your main considerations will be your budget, the space you have available and the style of your home.

Make a Start on Garden Work
There are all kinds of jobs that you can do to make your garden a more attractive place to while away the hours on sunny days. Tidying up the flower beds is a simple enough job to start off with. You should start by clearing out any weeds and using a spade to redefine the edges. Next, you can till the first couple of inches of soil and be careful not to disturb bulbs that may be below. Then you will need to add two to three inches of mulch to encourage growth.

These are pictures from last summer when we were doing our garden up ready for the Summer.

Wash the Cushions
Prepare your garden seating by putting outdoor fabrics in a warm wash. Air-dry them and then put them back when they are slightly damp to keep that smooth feel. If you can’t remove the fabric, use a soft brush, some detergent and warm water.

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