As the warm evenings start to roll in, many of us start to think about sitting out in the garden with a cold glass of wine, and inviting friends over for a barbecue. But if you’ve been neglecting your green duties recently, you could find that the task of creating a presentable outside area seems a little overwhelming.
Let’s take a look at some achievable ways to get your garden ready for summer.
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Cut and prune
After the winter months, it’s likely that your trees and shrubs could do with a bit of a trim to get them looking presentable again. If you have the right equipment, this will only take a matter of a few hours at the absolute most. Alternatively, consider getting a professional in. Rates tend to be competitive if there are several businesses offering similar services in your area.
If your garden furniture is looking like it has seen better days, you needn’t rush out and buy anything new. A coat of paint can be all it takes to have everything looking shiny and fresh again. With a few coloured throws for cooler evenings, you could have a trendy looking hideout in no time at all.
Sometimes, it’s the little details that make all the difference. Try turning old pots into candleholders, or a pair of old boots into a plant holder. The only limit to this is your imagination, so let your creativity go wild.
Create a stunning feature
A feature can be the centre point of any garden, so think about what yours could be. Quartz tiles, for example, could be smashed up to create a pretty mosaic on a wall or floor. Remember that you don’t have to be an artist to make something impressive. The best features are often the unplanned ones! If you’ve got a bit more time available, you could consider a waterfall or even a homemade barbecue or pizza oven.
Start your own fruit and vegetable patch
Okay, so this one may take quite a lot of planning and effort, but it’s definitely worth it. Can you imagine just how impressed your friends will be when they come over for a barbecue and you’re serving roasted vegetables from your very own patch? Or strawberries that you’ve grown yourself? Look out for starter kits in your local DIY store. In many cases, you’ll be able to begin with just a couple of pots and expand as your knowledge grows.
By working your way through these suggestions, you could find that your garden is completely transformed within no time at all. The next step is sending out the invites for your summer get-together!
How will you make sure that you garden is up to standard this summer?
This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Tons of Tiles. ToT imports and supplies a wide range of quality ceramic and quartz tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, and any area of your house that you would like to improve.