Getting your Garden Ready for Summer 2020

Summer is almost upon us, and it’s hopefully it will be a particularly long hot one this year. With the current world events meaning people are staying at home more it is worth investing some time in your garden. Now the good weather is 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 of our tips to help…

Perfect Your Lawnblur, blurred, eco

Many people immediately think of the lawn when they think about the typical British back garden, and if you haven't already started to look after it this year, now is the time to start perfecting your lawn. A lot of grassy areas tend to get mossy 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 feed 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
Watering plants with a watering can
If  you want to protect your soil from drying out in 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. A good layer of mulch will also help prevent weeds from poking through.  It is 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 when its hot and go around with a watering can for any pots and smaller plants, like your potted herbs, Don't let your pots dry out as it can often take a long time for the plants to recover.

Sociable Spaces

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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. If you don't already have one it is a good idea to install or refresh your patio so you have a comfortable place to put a table and chairs and so that you can hold a barbeque. If you are experienced at DIY then putting in a new patio may be something you feel comfortable with doing yourself, however for many this is a big task. Ensuring the patio is level is important, who wants to trip on an uneven surface. Fortunately there are lots of guides online that can help you work out the cost of laying a patio don't forget to cost in the various accessories and not just the paving stones themselves. 

Add A Relaxing Areagarden

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.


Garden Shortcuts

For many enthusiasts, gardening is about the method and the meticulous detail as much as it’s about the result. There’s a sense of reward to seeing your planning and participation in creating the space fit to your desires. But there are plenty of people who would like a lovely looking garden without having to put in so much effort. Perhaps they don’t have the time for it, perhaps they simply don’t like it. Everyone deserves a better garden and you can make it a lot easier to get one.


Let nature reign (a little)
Perhaps you want a bright patch of flowers without having to carefully consider how much water, sunlight, and space individual species need. You will need to get a little less particular about which flowers you prefer, but you can separate and create a wildflower meadow in your own garden which will need very little maintenance from you afterward. After all, these are the flowers that grow just fine without human intervention. The most you will need to do is make sure they’re not crossing the boundaries outside of where you want them to be.

Au natural isn’t everything
You don’t necessarily have to concern yourself with things growing out of control or getting overrun with weeds, either. If you want to completely take the effort out of maintaining a garden, there are plenty of authentic-looking and feeling lawns like Multiturf on offer nowadays. Synthetic turf allows you to add a touch of green where you might not be able to and ignore the problems that usually come with low-quality soil.

Keep off the grass
If landscaping to prepare the garden sounds like much more a chore than it sounds like a fun time, then you might want to let the grass keep to itself. You can move your flowers and other plants to individual spaces where they’re not going to require as much control, instead. Vertical gardening options, potted plants, using the windowsills and the like all allow you to get that touch of colour you want for the garden while making it easier to tend to your plants.

Let it take care of itself
If you really want to get lazy with it, then technology is going to be your best friend. There are loads of time-saving tools on the market nowadays that allow you to almost entirely automate your garden. Automated sprinkler systems are everywhere nowadays and they’re becoming cheaper, too. But now there are even automated lawnmowers like those from Husqvarna that will smartly calculate the differences between patches of ground and lengths of grass to give you an even cut without leaping unmanageable clippings. There are even automated drip irrigation systems that take the effort out of caring for individual plants.

There are a lot of shortcuts to achieving the garden you want. In most cases, however, you will always need to do a little upkeep of your own. Stay on top of your garden regardless of how low-effort you make it, or else you will be dealing with an overgrown mess.

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