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7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

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With summer fast approaching, it is only natural that you will want to venture out into your garden when the rain does stop. Despite a wet and miserable spring, the odd glimpse of the sun in the UK can send us into a BBQ frenzy as we indulge the warm weather whenever it graces our skin.

But what if your garden isn’t summer-ready? What can you do to prepare your outside space for warmer days?

Jetwash

Be it hiring a company that specialises in jet washing exteriors or do it yourself. Giving your garden a good clean can help revitalise it and give you a solid foundation for undertaking more extensive garden work.

Remove Weeds

Weeds snatch any opportunity to grow anywhere and everywhere. There are many different tools and treatments you can use to help you eliminate any weeds in your garden. Once you have removed all the weeds, your garden will instantly look better.

Clear Out Rubbish

Over the winter, sadly, sometimes, ornaments or furniture exposed to the elements can start to look a little worse for wear. Round up anything you no longer want or is useful and have it removed from your garden. Choose a garden waste and domestic rubbish removal service to clear out unwanted goods taking up space in your garden before you decide to host any parties!

Add Plants

Plants can be a relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your garden. Even artificial plants can have the desired effect. But if you fancy flexing your green fingers, locate an area of your garden to plant some flowers or to put pots filled with your favourite blooms to add colours and happiness to your garden.

Decorate

Decorating your garden needn’t be expensive. Sure, garden furniture can come at a premium but adding in some well-placed accessories can help you create a garden style you love and matches your home in an impactful yet inexpensive way. Think cushions, beanbags for floor seating, outdoor rugs, lighting, bunting and wall decorations to liven up your outdoor space.

Paint

Painting the walls, adding colour to brick walls can be impactful and stunning. Freshen up wooden fences with a fence care paint to protect the wood and give it a new lease of life. You can even paint the floor! Depending on the type of floor you have outside in your garden, there is paint and tools available such as stencils, to help you liven up an otherwise dull and frequently overlooked area of your garden.

Add Some Shade

Sure, being out in the sun is great. However, sometimes you need to protect yourself from the sun and adding shade to your garden can do just that. 

Think parasols, gazebos, floating sail shades, pergolas or even a permanent fixture such as a marquee or an awning on the side of your home. Placing a shade in your garden is a great way to create a focal point and pull an area of your garden together.

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Four Ways To Make Your Home Feel Like New

Four Ways To Make Your Home Feel Like New

Living in our homes, it can be very easy to do general wear and tear, making it feel a lot more dated in parts. As we spend most of our free time at home, it’s good to find ways to make your home feel more like new, so here are four ways to make your home feel like new and to take it back to that moment where you first moved in for the first time.

Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is a simple but effective way of making it feel like a new home. Whether you’re touching it up with a fresh coat of the same color or you want to switch it up with something new, it’s a good idea to find the highest quality decorators who can do it all for you. Make sure that when you’re swatching new paints, you’re thinking about the rest of the room and the theme you have running throughout the rest of the home. Swatching paints, you’ll also want to look at them in the day and in the nighttime. 

This is because lighting can certainly affect the color slightly and you want to get it right. General wear and tear can add scuff marks to your walls and so it’s only natural that you’ll want to give it a bit of an update every now and then. Painting is an affordable and effective way of doing that!

Fix Things That Are Broken

Sometimes, a home can look dated when you don’t take care of the furniture or appliances within it. There might be something around the home that is broken or in need of fixing slightly. If that’s the case, make a list and go around the home to replace and repair anything that needs doing. It’s important to do this because it can be nice to have new things or those items of furniture that you love and that simply need a bit of TLC to help get it back the way it was originally.

Rearrange The Furniture

Rearranging the furniture is something that costs absolutely nothing at all but in fact, can make a really big difference to your home when it comes to appearances. Rearrange the bigger pieces of furniture where you can first and then work on the smaller pieces. You might even want to get rid of some furniture completely in order to free up the space. Going for a more minimal space can make your home feel more functional too, so it’s definitely worth doing.

Add Some Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are small but much-needed additions when you’re trying to give that new home feeling to your space. They bring in a bit of color but also contribute to giving you healthier and cleaner air to breathe. The appearance of indoor plants can definitely help benefit the space a lot.

If you’re looking at ways to make your home feel like new, then these tips will definitely help.