Expert Reveals 7 Tips To Get Your Garden Summer-Ready

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Don't be unprepared for the hot Summer weather, start getting your garden into shape with these simple expert tips.

The Summer season is just over a month away, with Britons hopeful that the warm weather won’t be far behind. Millions of people across the country will be looking forward to kicking back and relaxing in their gardens. Taking in the sunshine and enjoying the greenery surrounding them.

However, after a particularly miserable Winter and Spring, your garden may require some much-needed attention. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors then it’s best to get your garden into order as soon as possible. You don’t want to waste those first few days of warm sunshine.

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So, Joshua Houston, garden expert at Household Quotes has revealed seven tips to get your garden Summer-ready.

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Go down the list and tick off which tasks you’ve tackled to make sure you’re prepared. Failing to address some of the issues can lead to big problems down the line.

Inspect your equipment

Over the Winter period, the UK has seen 15% more rain than normal according to Carbon Brief. This has left a damaging impact on infrastructure and wildlife with heavy flooding, strong winds and cold temperatures.

It’s natural that over this period, some of your equipment that has been left exposed to the elements will be a little worse for wear. Give each piece of equipment a thorough inspection, making sure that it is still safe and component to use.

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If it is found to be faulty, it will leave you plenty of time to get it fixed or replaced. Given we’re out of the Summer season, you might find better deals on equipment, saving you money.

Top-up your furniture

Garden furniture is particularly vulnerable to bad weather, paint can fade quickly resulting in an unattractive look. Top up your furniture with a bit of paint now, so when Summer arrives you are good to go.

Choose a paint low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds), as those with high VOCs are toxic to the environment. They are particularly dangerous to people who have breathing conditions such as asthma. In a garden environment where your children or pets might be running around it is best to avoid this risk altogether.

Clear your gutters

Blocked gutters can be a real nightmare, a range of different materials building up can result in bad odours arising. This can leave your outdoor space smelling unpleasant for yourself and any guests you entertain. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get so it’s important you act if you discover that your gutters are full.

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Full gutters can cause your garden other problems, it attracts pests like birds, mice and rats which can make your outside space a scary place to be. It will also affect your plant life, as these rodents often like to feed on your plants and homegrown fruit and vegetables.

Give your grass some attention

One of the most stand-out features of any garden is the lawn, an uncared-for lawn can make your entire home look unpleasant. Start planting seeds now if you haven’t already to fill parts of your lawn that might be muddy messes. You can buy lawn seed for less than £10, and it only takes six to eight weeks for grass to fully grow.

Muddy patches may not be a problem, but the length might be. It’s normal for grass to overgrow during the colder months. Let's face it, not many of us want to spend our free time out in relentless British rain. Start mowing your lawn regularly, once every fortnight should be sufficient.

Look out for weeds and pests

In order for your grass and other plants to grow, they need to have enough access to resources like water and sunlight. Weeds can cause real concerns, they provide no food value, nutrients or visual appeal. So it’s crucial that you deal with them accordingly, spray them with weedkiller which normally takes seven days to do its job.

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Pests are common in gardens, you might find rats and mice scuttering around, especially if your bins are nearby. They can cause damage to your garden by eating your plants and biting pieces of furniture and equipment. Keep them away by making sure your bins are secure and emptied regularly. Don’t leave scraps of food in your garden, and ensure there’s no way they can access your home from the outside.

Cut back your bushes

Bushes are another part of your garden that can overgrow during the Winter months. They can be dangerous to young children playing, as sharp wooden twigs are hidden by the bright green leaves.

A hedge trimmer is the ideal piece of equipment to use costing anywhere from £40. If this isn’t in your budget, you can use shears which will take more time but give you better control of what you’re cutting.

Clean your paving

After the unusually wet few months we’ve had, a lot of mud from other parts of our gardens would’ve found its way onto the paving. Use a jet wash to clear any mud, moss or other stains that are preventing that nice clear finish. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside this Summer then start cleaning now to avoid ugly stains on your feet and shoes.

Joshua Houston, garden expert at Household Quotes:

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''Our gardens are an important part of our property, sitting outside in the sun after work sipping a cold drink is a fantastic way to spend an evening.

In the UK, we know that the hot weather is far and few between, so don't be unprepared for that first period of hot weather.

Follow my tips to get your outside areas back up to tip-top condition, and avoid any potential horrors like pests.''

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