Even though it is incredibly difficult to predict the weather much further than the next few days, there’s a good chance that temperatures in the UK will soar this summer based on recent trends.
“With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged,” said The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze.
“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”
So, with warm weather already on its way, now is the perfect time to get your garden ready for those long balmy evenings. Here are 5 ways to improve any outside space.
“With warm weather already
on its way, now is the perfect time
to get your garden ready for those
long balmy evenings.”
Give it a good tidy
Get the boring aspect of gardening out of the way first by giving your outdoor space a good tidy. In fact, simple steps often have the greatest impact such as removing dead plants, mowing the lawn, power washing the patio, and painting the fence.
Also, if you’ve got nowhere to put all your children’s toys or gardening paraphernalia, invest in a good storage solution. Wooden sheds and metal garage kits not only provide you with a versatile place to put miscellaneous possessions, they also make outdoor spaces look a lot cleaner and more organised.
Style it like you would inside
Don’t be fooled into thinking that outdoor furniture is limited to plastic sun loungers and cheap folding chairs – you can get sumptuous sofas and dazzling dining tables for your garden that are equally as good as indoor furniture.
What’s more, they’ll still be able to withstand the elements of winter, giving you a year-round outdoor space that delivers both flair and functionality. Style your garden in the same way as you would with your living or dining room to maximise the good weather.
Create a focal point
When styling your outside space like another indoor room, think carefully about how furniture is positioned. After all, most rooms in your home will have a central feature that draws the eye, like a large fireplace or kitchen island.
Do the same in your garden to catch the eye and improve its aesthetic appeal. Ideas include a green wall covered in climbing plants or a fire pit where friends and family can gather around.
Find warmth when the sun goes down
Speaking of fire pits, it makes sense to have some sort of heating for your outdoor space when the sun sets and the temperature drops. You might not be able to replicate an indoor central heating system but there are plenty of options.
Along with fire pits, you can also explore gas and electric patio heaters or more traditional options including chimeneas.
Add bursts of colour
Injecting some colour into your outdoor space will make it feel much more welcoming. Consider using bright cushions for your outdoor furniture or give your garden fence a fresh lick of paint.
Colour can also be added with your choice of plants. You don’t necessarily need a lawn or flower beds either – hanging baskets and pot plants will still add life and vibrancy to your garden.
What are your favorite ways to improve your outdoor space for summer?
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