6 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

6 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

As summer is a few months away, you would be wise to start prepping your garden now to ensure it looks beautiful once the warmer weather arrives.

Unfortunately, winter might have caused much damage to your exterior, while you will want to create a comfortable space that’s ideal for relaxation and socialising come summertime.

For help doing just that, check out the below six tips for preparing your garden for summer.

  1. Tidy Your Borders and Flower Beds

As soon as spring arrives, head out into your garden to tidy up your borders and flower beds. For example, you should remove all leaves and debris from the area, and trim back dead perennials, which you should add into a compost pile or bin.

You also should remove any visible weeds, but avoid adding them into your compost pile. If your soil is ready, dig approximately 5cms of either compost, recycled green waste or manure into your garden borders.

  1. Plant Summer Bulbs in Early Spring

To ensure your garden is bursting with life and colour once the sun starts to shine, plant summer bulbs and seeds in early spring, such as lilies, alliums, agapanthus, and gladioli. Spring is the perfect season for planting summer bulbs, as the soil will be starting to warm up. If they are planted in temperatures below 13°C, it’s likely they will fail to grow and could potentially rot.

  1. Create a Focal Point

Every small or large garden needs a striking focal point. If your garden is looking a little dull and boring, it might be time to add a gorgeous water feature into your exterior. For example, you could visit www.water-garden.co.uk to build a pond or install a water fountain.

  1. Repair Fences, Gates & Trellises

Arduous weather conditions could have impacted the structure of your wooden garden fences, gates or trellises. Review your garden for signs of decay or damage and aim to fix or replace the broken structures to ensure your garden looks stunning in time for summer.

Once they’re ready, use a pressure washer to effectively remove moss, mildew, and dirt. Once the wood is completely dry, apply a coat or two of exterior paint, stain or wood preservative.

  1. Spruce Up Your BBQ

Are you looking forward to hosting many barbecues in your garden this summer? If so, give your BBQ a good clean to ensure it’s ready and waiting for you once the sun comes out.

To do so, you’ll need to:

  • Disconnect the BBQ from the propane tank
  • Scrape the grill gates and hot plate to remove burnt food
  • Scrub the inside of a grill with a brush and warm, soapy water
  • Run the BBQ for 15 minutes to eliminate any soapy water
  1. Clean Your Patio

It’s likely your patio area will look a little dirty and rundown following winter. To restore the paving to its former glory, remove any rubbish it has accumulated throughout the colder seasons. Once you have done so, use a pressure washer to remove any dirt or moss, which will ensure the pavement look as good as new.

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