24 May 10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Garden This Season
10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Garden This Season
At Express Bifolding Doors we want you to enjoy the bright life, and now that the sunshine seasons have finally arrived, it's time to make the most of your garden. Here are our top ten tips for enjoying it this spring and summer.
1. Plant summer bulbs now
Summer flowering bulbs are available to buy from early spring onwards, so now is the perfect time to buy. Plant as soon as possible after purchase, as your soil will be at the ideal temperature. While different flowers have different requirements, the majority of summer bulbs flourish in warm, sunny positions, so take a good look around your garden and decide where will be best. Perfectly planted summer bulbs will brighten up your garden without taking up too much space, adding new colours and textures to your borders.
2. Investigate pests regularly
The smallest of insects can do real damage to your garden, so you should always try to scout for pests at least once a week. If you catch critters and diseases early enough, they're very easy to treat, and you can ensure that your garden remains glorious throughout the summer. Inspect plants and leaves regularly, keep soil watered and nutrient-rich, and be vigilant with weeds – these methods will keep your plants robust and healthy, preventing them from being easy targets for pests.
3. Total shed overhaul
Your home has probably received a thorough spring clean, so why not treat your shed to a clear out, too? Start by emptying all contents, then give the floor a thorough sweep, clean any windows and check for damage. Sort through your tools and equipment, cleaning them up and getting rid of any that are broken. Most garden sheds suffer from clutter and overcrowding, so invest in storage solutions such as ceiling-height units and wall racks. By arranging your smaller items as efficiently as possible, you'll have much more room to store bigger equipment and garden furniture.
4. Give your lawn some TLC
During the spring and summer months your lawn is actively growing, and therefore requires a little more attention. You've probably managed a few mows already, but don't forget to feed, over-seed bare patches and water if needs be. Now is a good time to repair any damage caused by insects or diseases, as well as removing moss and weeds. A fresh, healthy lawn will make a world of difference to your garden, as well as preparing it for the harsher months.
5. Build a barbeque
€¦ Or invest in a brand new one! Nothing beats an evening in the garden with friends and family, the smell of a smoky barbeque wafting overhead while you tuck in to delicious food and drink. There are plenty of options available nowadays, so if building your own brick barbeque from scratch isn't ideal, you're sure to find the perfect one for you and your garden. Barbeques offer a whole new feature to outdoor entertaining, and will give you even more of a reason to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.
6. Get the kids involved
If you've a couple of little ones that need to burn off some energy, there's no more perfect place than the garden. Get them to help you with your own tasks, such as planting or tidying, and encourage them to spend more time outside playing. Of course, make sure that your outdoor area is secure and all tools are kept out of reach, so that they can enjoy the garden safely.
7. Welcome wildlife
Children are sure to spend more time outdoors if there are some colourful critters to look at! Choose flowers that are favourites of bees and butterflies, and keep your bird feeders topped up to encourage more feathered friends in. There's nothing better than a garden that buzzes with wildlife, and along with being a haven for grownups to relax and enjoy, it'll be an exciting place for kids to investigate and learn.
8. Refresh your furniture
Brand new garden furniture can be pricy, but fortunately there are plenty of methods for refreshing old tables and chairs. A couple of repairs, a quick sand and a lick of paint can completely transform your outdoor furniture, along with new cushions covers or blankets for nippy evenings. You could even recycle old indoor pieces into furniture that's perfect for the garden. Take things a step further and jazz up your outdoor table with flowers and candles, making al fresco dining feel like even more of a treat.
9. Maximise on space
If your garden is small there's no reason why you can't enjoy it this summer. There are plenty of solutions for introducing plants, flowers and wildlife into the space, and even growing your own vegetables. Vertical planters on walls and sheds are a great way to add some colourful blooms without cluttering up the floor space, as well as utilising hanging baskets and climbing plants. If you've a yard that's very small and dark, why not add a mirror to create the illusion of more space, or hang fairy lights to create a relaxed, romantic ambience?
10. Increase sociability between house and garden
There's nothing better than bringing a sense of the outdoors inside when the weather is lovely, and with bifolding or sliding doors, you can totally transform your home and make the garden flow through indoors. Along with brightening up your home and creating more space, these door installations allow you to make the most of natural sunlight and fresh air, as well as being able to move easily from the house into the garden. Perfect for family gatherings, parties and summer evenings alike, bifolds and sliding doors at the ultimate in outdoor living.
Will you be making the most of your garden this season? If you have any other tips and tricks, be sure to get in touch by tweeting us @ExpressBifolds or dropping by our Facebook page. You can also find out more about bifolding and sliding doors by clicking here.