Vacation is always great when you want to take a breather over the summer, but if you have a nice garden, you can relax and enjoy yourself every day, especially when it comes to unwinding from a long work day. So, is your garden ready for summer? It’s never too late to take up some projects that will make for a perfect summer patio and summer time in your own home.
1. Trim the Plants and Lawn
In order to enjoy your garden to the fullest, it’s important to keep it neat. Overgrown plants, grass and bushes don’t look nice, let alone weeds. In that respect, make sure to properly trim your greenery as well as hedges and trees. Furthermore, get rid of the weeds in your garden and mow your lawn. If you create and stick to the schedule when it comes to mowing and weeding, you won’t actually have to spend too much time on these tasks. Still, your garden will look a lot more pleasant and inviting.
2. Build a Deck
This may not sound as a last-minute project for your summer garden but if you know what you want, building a deck won’t actually last that long. You can easily get to enjoy your own deck area in just a couple of days. In general, this investment is worth your while. Not only will it boost the value of your property but it will make for the perfect getaway in your own garden. And there’s nothing more satisfying than spending your summer days relaxing on your own deck.
3. Consider Patio and Garden Path
In case deck is a bit too much for you, you can still make the most out of your summer garden with easier projects such as creating a patio. Essentially, a patio only requires a designated area in the garden. You can then pour concrete or use decorative tiles to mark the space. Aside from a patio, it’s always nice to have a garden path. There are tons of simple DIY garden path ideas online and you can pick something that matches your skills, taste and budget. The more effort you put in the overall look of your garden, the better effect you’ll achieve once you get to enjoy it.
4. Prepare Metal or Aluminium Outdoor Furniture
If you already have outdoor metal furniture, you should give every item a thorough clean up before using it. But, in case you don’t actually have appropriate aluminium furniture for the outdoors, you should definitely get some pieces to match your new deck or patio area. Rattan garden furniture is also popular. Sofa and corner sets made of rattan look stylish and feel comfy, which is ideal for summer garden. In case you like something more vintage-like, metal garden sets with chairs and a table and even benches will definitely look amazing next to the greenery. And if you have a small garden yet seek ultimate comfort, a smaller sofa or lounge will do the trick.
5. Add Décor
If you’re relatively satisfied with the look of your garden, yet you feel that it’s somehow plain, the last-minute project for your summer garden can be all about decorative bits and pieces. For instance, decorative stones look amazing around your garden area. Garden gnomes and flamingos can spruce up the outdoor space as well. Wooden signs with plant names are always interesting. Similarly, you can make road signs as well. These can show the distance from real or fantasy countries. You can get new plant pots with unique designs or add your own creative touch to the ones you already have. Of course, don’t forget to brighten up the seating area with colourful cushions and tablecloths.
6. Illuminate the Area
The chances are you’ll spend most of your time outdoors in the evening hours. Therefore, it’s essential that you light up your garden properly. If you want a long-term solution, motion-sensor lighting is always a great solution. It saves energy and can be very effective when it comes to chasing away shady people. On the other hand, if you want something temporary that would make your summer garden more pleasant, opt for torches or fairy lights. Lanterns and jars with fairy lights hanging from trees and porches look especially whimsical.
7. Get Rid of Clutter
It’s important that nothing spoils your garden view when you spend time relaxing in your garden during the summer months. That said, make sure to remove all the clutter from your garden and organise other stuff such as material for your projects, garden tools, hose, equipment, etc. Store these away in a shed. If you don’t have one, you can still use wooden boxes or tins to separate everything properly and at least move them somewhere where they won’t make a mess. If you have kids, it’s paramount that you stash these away properly as some tools can be rather dangerous in children’s hands.
With an outdoor BBQ, all that’s left to do is to enjoy every moment of free time you have while the weather is nice and warm. Going away for a vacation is great but it only lasts for a week or two. But with your garden ready for summer, you’ll get the luxury of a natural getaway in your own home, every day.
Kevin Jeffereson, the author of this article, has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.