We know many of our customers take considerable care of their gardens and enjoy spending time in them, as well as appreciating the view from their homes, so we’ve created some handy garden ideas for the summer, as well as hints and tips on how to keep everything looking beautiful.
Warmer weather and rising temperatures can affect your garden in many different ways, from lack of hydration for your plants and drying out your lawn.
There are some things you just can’t avoid, such as yellowing or brown grass, but to prevent complete deterioration, you can follow these steps:
- Don’t cut your grass as short as you normally would. More coverage allows the moisture to hold on for longer
- If you have a large garden, consider an irrigation system in the summer months to save on water
- Keep your greenhouse windows and doors open for ventilation. This keeps your plants and vegetables from overheating
- Look after wildlife by keeping your bird bath filled up and, if you have one, keep an eye on your pond in case of drought
Vegetables & fruits
June is the best month to collect any produce you may be growing, such as asparagus, tomatoes, broad beans, spinach, aubergines, strawberries, gooseberries, and peppers. To ensure you keep growing and gain another harvest, sow more after this is complete. Produce such as salads are perfect to pop into the ground, ready for the next season.
With such unpredictable summer weather in the UK, our patio furniture and equipment can take a beating, especially if it hasn’t been treated properly. Make sure you choose the right furniture for your needs, whether that’s easy-clean and wipeable plastic chairs or wooden steamers for relaxing on the lawn. If you’re looking for somewhere to place your seating area, why not check out our decking guide for beginners?
Investing in good quality furniture is a great idea, but remember that you’ll need to maintain and look after this properly, so it will last year after year. Ensure you have a large enough storage area for your garden furniture, such as a shed or garage.
Summer gives us the chance to enjoy the outdoors for much longer, so why not invest in some pretty outdoor lighting, for those long, lazy evenings? Whether you’re looking to create a romantic hideaway or give yourself a guiding light back down the garden path, there’s a plethora of choice.
If you’re looking to save energy, try solar powered lights and take advantage of the longer daytime hours.
Outdoor lighting looks beautiful when you look out of your windows too and offers an element of security. Make sure your windows are looking their best by fixing any failed double glazing, so you have the perfect view of your garden.
Preparing for next season
Your garden is a constant work in progress, and it takes a lot of effort to keep everything looking great and growing properly. That’s why preparation is key, so whilst you’re enjoying the summer months, make sure you get some jobs out of the way, to make that transition period a little easier:
- Remove some spring bulbs, such as tulips, as they can be damaged if overwatered in the summer
- Start planting bedding plants such as pansies and primroses, as this will give you bursts of colour throughout the months
If you want to enjoy your garden from both the inside and outside this summer, ensure that you repair any failed double glazing or broken locks or hinges. Don’t put up with cloudy windows ruining your perfect view for any longer! Contact your local branch today.