Warmer weather is on the way, accompanied by hope for a much better summer than last year. This year we want to embrace every second of it and enjoy it as much as possible. We can start by making our garden a haven for the summer. The smell of freshly cut grass and delicious food cooking on the barbecue is a perfect pairing with a cocktail and kids laughing in the background—ice cream, paddling pools, and gardening at the ready.
So how can you get your garden ready? The first thing you will want to do is clear out weeds, dead plants, and anything else and clear it out for a blank canvas. If you have trees in the garden and are looking a bit drab, you can look to get in a tree lopping service. They can make your tree look full of life again. Always be really careful when doing this so you don’t disturb any animals who could be burrowing, like hedgehogs and their babies. Once you have cleared everything, you can dig and turn the soil ready for plants to go in.
You can put some lovely flowers in and cover the remaining planting area with bark or stones to make it look a lot neater. Another option is to plant fruits and vegetables. There are so many you can choose from, and you don’t need a green thumb to do it, some of them are so easy to do. Strawberries are a great one to start with as they grow quickly and come back each year, so you don’t have to replace them. How fabulous would it feel to add food to your dishes that you grew with your own hands.
Filling up space in the garden will be the next task. You will need to make sure you have a seating area for when you want to sit, relax and catch up, and eat food from your delicious barbeques. Remember to get a parasol if you won’t have any shade close by as well just so you don’t burn too much and keep the kids safe from all the UV rays.
So keeping the children happy this summer, outdoor toys do have age ranges, so make sure any you currently have are still something they will want to play with. You can go for the basics, slide and swing but there are so many options now, so certainly have a look around, you could get something which isn’t the norm, like a trampoline or sandpit. You can get big playsets which include 3 or 4 different activities in the equipment. A great choice as well is a teepee. This can be where they have a break from playing, eat their lunch outside as well as including it in their imaginary play.
These will help make your garden summer-ready so you can sit back, relax and soak in the sun, cocktail in hand. You don’t want to waste your summer getting the garden in shape so start it now.