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Get your garden ready for summer 2019!

Spring is a wonderful time of the year — flowers start blooming, days get longer and of course, the air hangs heavy with that promise of summer. However, there is just one issue we have with spring, and it’s that when you think about it…it’s a bit of a tease.

Spring has its fair share of rainy days or at least overcast ones, and when the sun does shine often it’s not that warm. The mild climate at this time of the year does, however, make it the perfect time to work in the garden, getting it ready, so that when that first spell of gloriously warm weather does arrive you’re ready to enjoy it. Here’s what you should be doing to your garden at the moment to get it ready for summer.

Prepare BBQ and garden furniture

In an ideal world, you cleaned and put away all of your outdoor furniture when the weather was turning at the end of September. Nonetheless, you’re only human, and as such there is a good chance that all these items sat out collecting rainwater and autumnal foliage for weeks before they were put away, meaning they need a little TLC before they’re ready for the sun.

Give your BBQ a thorough cleaning making sure you remove any rust it might have picked up before going back over it with a strong degreaser to get it shining like new.  Scrub down your garden furniture, or use a jet washer, and put any outdoor cushion covers through a hot cycle in your washing machine to kill any mould or fungus.

Prepare your patio/decking

Patios and decking both take a bit of battering over the winter, so probably need a little bit of work to get them looking their best for summer. Wooden decking may need re-treating and perhaps more (https://opun.co.uk/blog/how-to-revive-your-decking/).

Patios will need sweeping and scrubbing, again save yourself time and effort by using a pressure washer if you have one. If your patio is getting on in years the chances are the grouting has become cracked with weeds sprouting between the tiles. The good news is that a touch of weeding and re-pointing will smarten it up in no time at all.

Spring clean external areas

Outbuildings such as summer houses, greenhouses and sheds accumulate clutter and dust over the winter, so don’t forget to include them in your spring cleaning regime so you can get the most out of them over the summer.

If you have a conservatory then be sure to give all of the windows a thorough, streak-free clean so that you can make the most of the views of your garden when it’s in full bloom.

Get your butt out

The fabulously warm summer of last year left many gardens in hosepipe ban areas scorched with plants perishing in the sun. Avoid this happening to you this year by investing in some water butts to collect rainwater throughout the spring so that you have a reserve to quench your garden plants in the event of a heatwave.

Don’t forget about the lawn

The great British lawn is an institution in its own right, in fact, we spend around £54 million a year on lawn fertiliser alone and our love of lawns was once even mocked by the French cartoon Asterix.

If you want to have the lushest, neatest lawn in time for sunbathing, now is the time to get to work. Start by weeding and returfing or sewing any patches that need some care before finally giving it your first mow of the season.

Remember, that mowing a lawn too short in one go will cause it to look unhealthy and sorry for itself. With each weekly mow take a maximum of 1/3rd off of its existing length until you reach your desired length.

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