How to get your garden ready for summer

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With summer just around the corner, now’s the time to begin getting your garden ready. The cold and wet winter weather is finally coming to an end, so this is your chance to turn your outside space into somewhere that you can relax and have fun with family and friends. Here are our top tips for preparing your garden for summer. You can create an outside space that’s attractive and functional in no time at all.

Tidy up your garden

Your garden is probably looking a little drab after the onslaught of winter, and chances are it’s not somewhere you want to sit and relax after a long day at work. So, the first thing you’ll need to do is tidy up. It may not be the most exciting of gardening tasks, but it’s essential for getting the garden you want. Remove any weeds that have made themselves at home in your flower beds, as well as any dead plants or those that have seen better days. You’ll then need to tidy your borders using an edging tool and possibly a trimmer.
Lawn mower

Mow your lawn

Drag that dusty lawnmower out of the shed and give your grass a mow. A freshly cut lawn looks and smells great, and it will provide an ideal space for the kids to play too. If you plan on doing this when the kids are home it can be difficult to keep them busy whilst you work. So our amazing tip that always works like a treat would be to keep them close to the toys. Since kids always fall in love with a new toy every other day it can be challenging to continuously buy them toys especially if you intend on working within a budget. If you're unsure of what to get or where to start then a browse through our website should do the trick. From crafts, to slime and bubbles all the way to everything unicorn it's the pound shop your little ones dream of. Lastly to make sure your garden looks its best, you may want to consider aerating it using a garden fork. This will encourage its roots to grow and improve its ability to take in nutrients. Aeration only needs doing once a year and now is the ideal time to carry out this task. Grass grows quickly during the summer months, so be prepared to cut it regularly to maintain its attractive appearance.

Spruce up your decking or patio

Whether you’ve got a decking or patio, it’s a good idea to give it some TLC after the winter weather has left its mark. Get rid of any weeds or moss that have made themselves at home between your paving flags and sand and retreat decking with a stain or protector. Use a jet washer to make your paving shine again, creating a beautiful area in which to kick back and relax. Your decking or patio area is likely to be the focal point of your garden, so don’t make the mistake of ignoring it when it comes to getting ready for summer. Some time and effort is all that’s needed to whip it into shape. If you’re planning on entertaining regularly, you may also want to consider adding ambient lighting to this space. String lights or lanterns are very affordable and will create a fairytale garden perfect for those warm summer evenings.
Garden furniture

Consider buying new garden furniture

When you have worked hard to make your garden look great, you won’t want to simply admire it from inside your home. So, it makes sense to make sure your outdoor furniture is up to scratch. If it’s seen better days, it may be time to replace it. After all, good quality furniture can transform your garden into a mini oasis, making you feel as if you’re on holiday. You’ll find a wide range of affordable garden furniture to suit all needs and tastes both on the high street and online, so you’re sure to find the right pieces in no time at all. If your budget won’t stretch to new garden furniture, you can always sand it down and paint it to bring it back to life. A lick of varnish will make it look almost like new again. It’s also possible to buy garden furniture for kids, which is ideal if you want to give them a sense of independence. This is also a great way of getting them involved in something productive, they can learn, bond with you and have fun at the same time. It can be hard at times to find toys and activities that benefit their learning as well being entertaining. If you want to incorporate more teaching in their toys then we do have educational toys that focus on different areas and subjects. So whether you want them to focus on reading, numbers or science then we most definitely have something for you.

Create kid-friendly areas

Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outdoors into the fresh air. So, to encourage them to break away from the myriad of indoor attractions, like games consoles and computers, you’ll need to make your garden as appealing as possible. Fortunately, it is possible to create kid-friendly zones without turning the whole garden into a playground. Give children their own play area outside complete with a playhouse, swings or mini trampoline. You can easily incorporate such a space into your garden whilst maintaining its attractiveness. At the end of the day, if kids know that there is a fun space outdoors with some great toys, they’ll be more likely to tear themselves away from technology for a while. The best part is you can be kind to your purse because our toy sale is here to ensure that you can keep the smile on their faces with great toys all whilst being cost efficient.
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Summer brings longer days, warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, so it makes sense to get outdoors and enjoy your garden over the next few months. We hope you can create something magical and beautiful with your garden this summer, let us know in the comments how you plan to transform your garden...

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