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 Lawn
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
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.
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 Area
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.