As spring arrives, it feels like summer is fast approaching. This is the time of year when we traditionally think about spending time outside with family and friends, but will your garden be ready? Here is a look at what you should be doing to make sure it is.

Essential summer preparation for the garden

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According to the BBC, Britain has seen a decline in the number of front gardens as people choose to swap their lawn for paving or gravel. However, there has been no such decline in back gardens, which are more popular than ever. This is partly thanks to TV makeover programmes that have been endorsing the benefits of turning the garden into an extension of the indoor space.

Maintaining the garden itself

For those with busy lives, low maintenance gardens are always the way forward. With this in mind, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your garden is ready for summer. These include cutting and trimming the grass, which could also involve sowing grass seed or laying new turf where necessary. You can also use the spring to sow seeds or plant bedding plants that can add a splash of colour to your garden in time for the good weather.

Take the time to pull up any weeds that might have accumulated during the winter, including weeds that are growing on patios and in between paving slabs. While you are looking at paving and patios, you might also want to consider giving them a good cleaning with a jet washer.

Updating your garden furniture

To make your garden feel more ‘joined’ to your indoor space, you will probably want to maintain and update your garden furniture. This could include staining tables and chairs and ensuring that parasols still work and are free from holes. Sheds should be emptied and tidied up to be ready for the summer. You might even want to think about swapping your shed for a shepherds hut such as those from cotswoldshepherdshuts. It is also important to check any children’s play equipment and make sure that it is clean and undamaged.

Now it is time to get outside sort out the garden. If you get all of these jobs done now, there will be plenty of time to put your feet up, rest and enjoy the sunshine.