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Sunday, 16 April 2017

How To Make Your Garden Ready For Summer

Summer is almost upon us, and it’s supposed to be a particularly long, beautiful one this year. Being out in your back garden doesn’t hold much joy the rest of the year, unless you’re raking leaves or repotting shrubs or chasing next door’s cat away from a terrified sparrow, but now the good weather’s finally back, it’s time to think about how you can revamp your back garden to make it a perfect summer outdoor space. Here are some tips to help…

Perfect Your Lawn

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First of all, it’s time to start perfecting your lawn. A lot of grassy areas tend to get green and overgrown during winter before getting yellow and spiky and straw-like over the summer, but luckily there are ways to prevent that and to make sure that you have lush green grass all day long. First of all it’s time to kill any weeds and moss that have sprung up - combine weed killers with plant food to get that done. Make sure that you mow it frequently and keep raking it regularly, pulling out all weeds from the root so that they don’t grow back.

Improve Your Soil

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If you want to protect your soil from the summer sun it’s time to add a layer of mulch, which protects it directly from the sun and heat and also adds organic matter to the soil as it breaks down. It’s also a good idea to start getting into the habit of watering your garden regularly now - your plants won’t stay vibrant and healthy or summer without a little extra help from you. Set up a sprinkler every few days and go around with a watering can for any pots and smaller plants, like your herb garden.

Think About How To Be Sociable

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Consider how you can best turn your back garden into a sociable space that all your friends will want to visit. It’s a good idea to install decking so you have a comfortable place to put a table, chairs and a grill so that you can hold BBQs. As it’s particularly warm this summer you could also consider installing a hot tub - although that might sound expensive, it’s possible to get interest free hot tubs online, and it’ll also mean that you have a pool to cool off in during the day, plus a romantic place to relax with your partner and a glass of wine at night. Finally, if you have space, why not invest in sports equipment like a net so that you can play bat and ball games? You’ll love this, and so will your kids and friends.

Add A Relaxing Area

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Finally, you need to consider how exactly you can make your garden a relaxing summer spot for you and your family to chill out. Find a shaded area, or create one using decking and any spare fencing to block out the sun. You could hang a hammock between trees or even go for a swing seat with waterproof cushion covers.

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