Garden maintenance for the summer*

Garden maintenance for the summer
summer view over yorkshire fields

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to make the most of the dry weather and get your garden in tip top condition for many a spontaneous BBQ, sunbathing afternoon or simply those lazy evenings spent with a glass of wine in hand. There’s nothing better than summer nights where it’s warm enough to have your dinner outside, right? Here are my tips for getting your garden summer ready.

Take advantage of the deals whilst they’re there
I’m talking Aldi special buys, the stuff that’s always at the front of Lidl but gone a week later – get it whilst you can and whilst it’s cheap. Having some nice garden furniture ready and waiting means that you can get outside at the earliest hint of a warm night and there’s no panic trips to B&Q. And whilst we’re on the subject of garden furniture, go for something comfy. Bistro chairs may look stylish but do you want to lounge on them? Probably not.

Get some suncream in the house
Yes, I know, I sound like a bore, but honestly, burnt shoulders are not a good look, especially if you have summer weddings coming up. Nobody wants to see your skin shedding like a snake because on the first sunny day of the year you spent 8 hours sunbathing and didn’t appreciate the strength of the sun’s rays. Sun damage is risky for skin cancer, premature aging and generally looking like a dickhead who forgot their suncream.

If your garden has become a bit of a dumping ground for kids toys and is just a bit messy, do some a bit of a garden clearance – get rid of the stuff you don’t need, whether it goes to the tip to be recycled, on gumtree or to a charity shop. Feeling a bit lazy? Get someone to do it for you. Hate gardening? Invest in a gardener. If you have the disposable income there, life is too short to cut grass and trim hedges. Honestly, it’s an investment of your time and happiness – if you know you’ll never get round to doing it, you’ll miss a summer of sunshine.

Buy the essentials for a garden party
I mean, you never know when the sun may shine! Keeping a couple of crates of beer in the shed and some bottles of prosecco in the fridge means you’re well equipped to have everyone over at a moment’s notice. Worried about fridge space? Buy a kids paddling pool or a giant bucket, fill it with ice and chill everything outside.

What are your tips for getting your garden summer ready? Let me know in the comments!

*This post is sponsored by GetAGardener but all thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own

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