March has finally arrived and before we know it we will be waving goodbye to winter and enjoying a long, hot summer in the sun. Or maybe British summertime will remain true to form. Either way, now is the time to start thinking about enjoying as much of the longer and hopefully much warmer days as possible when they do finally arrive. Here are some ideas to get your garden ready for entertaining this summer:
Scrub down that barbecue
Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue so get yours ready for another season of mouthwatering outdoor cuisine. Drag your BBQ out of storage and give it a good scrub-down. Ensure any fixings are secure and don’t forget to check the condition of cooking equipment too.
Prepare your seating area
If you don’t already have a seating area to gather and relax with friends and family, why not take a little time to create one now? If a patio is a little too boring for your taste, how about adding a decked area to your garden? Composite decking is easy to clean, hard-wearing and low maintenance and will create a stylish addition to your outdoor living space.
Once your seating area is ready take some time to think about the best furniture for it. Want something for lounging as well as dining, something geared for the grown-ups or designed for kids too? Pinterest has a wide range of ideas for outdoor living so get yourself inspired with some serious pinning!
Make the most of al fresco living
The days may be longer but they won’t necessarily be warmer. Invest in a patio heater or fire pit and some soft garden lights to take the chill off those summer evenings and ensure that the fun can continue well after the sun goes down.
Keep pests at bay
Using citronella candles can be an effective way of keeping those annoying midges and bugs away. Use a variety of styles and display them in a range of jars and pots to make them look decorative as well as practical.
Ensure your garden has a splash of colour that’s appealing to the eye this summer by getting your seeds sown and planted over the coming weeks. Adding a climber or two takes your view vertically across the space as well as horizontally, adding greater depth and detail to your garden.