Getting your garden summer ready | Collaboration 

The sun is FINALLY starting to grace us with its presence after goodness knows how many “beasts from the East’s” dumping their snow all over the UK and I couldn’t be happier. Spring and summer are my favourite seasons for so many reasons! Paddling pools, family BBQs, sandpits, watering the plants after a sunny day... all perfect summer time activities but there is a recurring theme amongst all of these things... the garden! Getting our garden ready for summer fun is a huge thing in our house and seeing as we are starting to think about what we want from our garden this summer, I thought I’d share my tips with you:

1. Easy to look after plants
If you are anything like me you don’t have time to be pruning plants and putting them in certain soils etc. We have quite a simple set up in our garden with a few easy to look after leafy bushes and some panseys that we replace each spring. It’s simple but still looks pretty and requires minimum effort to maintain.

2. Organise your shed
There is nothing worse that your child wanting a certain toy out of the shed and when you open the door you are faced with a huge mess of tools, toys, lawn mowers and whatever else your husband has managed to shove into the shed. Get it organised early on so getting the paddling pool out only takes 2 minutes rather than 10 minutes of rummaging (and most probably swearing!).

3. Love your lawn
Our lawn is horrendous! Thanks to a dog and the fact that we used the garden for storage and work space whilst we were having our kitchen remodelled, our lawn is almost non existent in places. Unfortunately for us we have to work with grass seed and wishful thinking BUT if we had the time then I would definitely replace the lawn with artificial grass. It is so simple to look after and looks soooo good regardless of how many water fights the kids have or how many time the dog decides to do his business! When we overhauled our garden a couple of years ago I pushed for artificial grass but we couldn’t find the right one for us so settled on a real lawn. I’ve since discovered grass direct and I wish I would have seen what they do sooner. Their artificial grass is such a great price and I will be going to them when we redo the garden next year!

4. Clean the sandpit in advance.
The first thing Pickle normally goes running to when he gets out in the garden is the sandpit BUT when it has been covered all winter it tends to be stinky and scummy when it’s uncovered. My advice is to be prepared. Get some fresh bags of sand (you can pick them up for less than £5 in most places now) and get ready with some industrial strength bags to dig out the old and replace with the new.

5. A fresh lick of paint goes a long way
Want to give your garden a refresh but don’t want to break the bank? Painting your fences is such an easy way to bring a new lease of life into your garden and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can now find so many different colours rather than just the traditional brown or green and you can theme your garden around a beautifully painted fence. I’m still trying to convince hubby to let me go pastle blue on the fences so that I can have a nautical themed garden... :)

So there you have it. My 5 tips to help get your garden ready for summer!

Note: This is a collaborative post

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