The summer comes around so fast and before you know it, the warmer days are here and your garden is not quite ready. Yet, getting the garden ready can be fairly simple. Especially if you plan ahead of time. Simple tricks like new flowers and mowing the lawn can make your space usable and more inviting. To get your garden summer-ready and inviting for guests, as well as yourself, here are the best tips.
Although the summer brings warmer days, the nights can sometimes get cold. If you have guests over and are enjoying your time outside, the last thing you will want is to have to head inside (or for them to go home) when it starts to get cooler outside. Adding space heaters to the patio or near the seating area will ensure you and your guests are warm all day long.
You will need to be aware of the safety tips for space heaters in order to make sure your heated area is safe from fire. These tips include not using extension leads, placing your heater on a flat surface, and not using them in or near damp areas. When they are set up and ready to go, you can enjoy your time in the garden no matter the time of day or temperature.
Make a dedicated seating area
A seating area is one of the most inviting features of a garden. Thus, ensuring you have one is key if you want to enjoy time outside as well as have guests over. Having a garden patio is a great place to arrange a table and chairs. Or, even sun loungers.
A patio acts as a separate space for you and guests to enjoy and socialize. It is also a great place to have a BBQ and add greenery, to make it multi-functional.
Similar to the heater idea, you and your guests won’t want to get too hot when sitting outside. Garden parasols are ideal for blocking out the midday harsh sun rays and won’t force you to go inside. They can act as a decorative feature of the garden too. So, you could get it to match your color scheme if you want it to look as good as it functions.
Build a herb patch near the BBQ
When you are BBQ-ing away during the summer, a herb patch is a great way to intensify aromas in the garden. Locating them next to the BBQ means you can easily grab them to season your food. Or, even your summer cocktails.
Lighten up the garden
Lighting is essential if you want to create an inviting atmosphere in the evenings. Solar panel lights are a great look in the garden and an eco-friendly way to light up an outdoor space when the sun goes down. Or, adding fairy lights around the garden fence will create a dim and relaxing light that will keep the entire garden illuminated. If you have children, this means they can play on the grass whilst you enjoy some downtime on the patio area at dusk.
Add a firepit
If you have a patio area, a fire pit is a great option. It is safest to add to a patio as it could catch alight on grass or softer ground. Firepits are a great cozy addition to the garden, which can be used to warm the cooler nights or toast marshmallows.
Treat your fence
With all gardens having fences for privacy, why not make them a stand-out feature? During the winter months, there are likely to be detrimental conditions for your garden fence. Before summer comes it is a great idea to give your fence a revitalized look of color and health. Use a treatment such as Creosote to give it the extra protection it needs from those hot sunny days.
Get the lawn ready
You have most likely left your lawn until the last minute. You will want to attend to it and mow it as soon as you can to keep it tidy and neat. An overgrown lawn is not inviting and not always easy to cut. It may take a few attempts to get it looking good again. So, when the weather dries up it is a good idea to keep on top of it.
Attend to the weeds
The grass and surrounding areas may have grown weeds throughout the winter. These are not pleasing to the eye or good for the health of your garden. Attend to them as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming a problem. Replace them with beautiful flowers, trees, or shrubs to make your garden appear nicer and more vibrant.
Add a vegetable patch
Growing your own produce is a great way to spend more time in the garden. It is also a great idea if you are into sustainable living, as it means you can eat your own produce instead of buying it from the grocery store. Adding a vegetable patch to the end of your garden gives you and your guests something to discuss, look at, and enjoy. You could even take some vegetables out whilst guests are round to cook on the BBQ.
String up a hammock
This summer, string up a hammock if you have not done it yet. The evenings are for enjoying, lounging, relaxing, and spending quality time with your loved ones. And what is even better? I would say a swinging hammock in your courtyard or backyard, a nice cup of tea, and a reading book in your hands. It is the best therapy that you can do every morning or evening to refresh your mind.
You can hang a hammock between trees, between study pergola beams, or even with an outside rail in your courtyard or backyard. If you can’t find a perfect spot to hang, then buy a hammock that comes with built-in frames. You can benefit from this by placing a hammock at your most inviting spot or favorite place.