Summer is here, and there’s never been a better time to get your garden sunny-weather ready. Having a garden that’s ready for summer goes beyond trimming the flowerbeds and mowing the lawn (although of course that does come into it). Your garden should be your summer haven. The place where you relax, have fun, and make fond memories with family and friends.

Read on for Somerlap’s top tips on getting the perfect summer ready garden.

1.     Spruce up your shed

Whatever you use your garden shed for, it should be as tidy as possible so it can best serve your purposes. At the beginning of the summer, it’s always worth looking at everything in your shed and checking you have everything you need. Throw away and replace any gardening tools that look like they’ve reached the end of their life.

You should also clean the inside of your shed, sweeping up any debris that has accumulated over the year. You could also give the outside a fresh coat of paint, or treat it using Protek Decking Stain to make your shed look as good as the day you got it.

If you’re thinking of updating your shed, it pays to consider what purpose your shed will serve – this will help you to choose a garden shed that’s just right for you.

2.     Clean the garden furniture

There’s little better than firing up the barbeque on a balmy summer’s eve and eating outdoors. But don’t make the mistake of forgetting to clean your garden furniture in time for the summer months – else you’ll have nowhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine.

Explore our range of beautifully crafted timber garden furniture if you’re thinking of replacing any old furniture, or adding some new pieces to your collection. From picnic tables to swing seats, every piece of garden furniture deserves some love in summer.

3.     Clean your decking

It’s likely that you haven’t used your decking much since last summer, and it might be in need of a little love to get it looking fantastic once more.

Follow our easy step by step guide to cleaning your garden decking to find out everything you need to know. With a bit of pressure washing and a sweep with a stiff brush, your decking will be good to go in no time.

Once it’s tidy, bring your decking to life with a gorgeous timber planter, which you can fill with beautiful wildflowers, or use to create your own personal herb garden.

4.     Invite the local wildlife

Making your garden a haven for birds, bees, flowers and more is beneficial for both you and the local wildlife. No garden is complete without the buzz of bees and sound of birdsong.

Put up bird boxes and bird feeders to entice birds to pay you a visit, and attract bees to your garden by planting a diverse range of wildflowers. This serves the dual purpose of not only helping bee life blossom, but will make your garden look colourful and beautiful too.

5.     Start composting

There are many reasons why gardening is good for us. It gets us moving, it gives us a sense of purpose, and it gets us outside breathing fresh and air and soaking up some sunshine.

Whether you’ve already done extensive gardening or you’re getting newly green-thumbed, starting to compost is a huge help. Homemade compost improves your garden’s soil quality and helps keep weeds down.

Making your own garden compost really couldn’t be simpler – start collecting food scraps and waste materials in a compost bin and, before you know it, you’ll have amazing homegrown compost to help make your garden bloom.

Make the most of summer with Somerlap

The clue’s in our name – we have everything you need to help make your garden summer ready. Explore our stunning gardening range and let us help you transform your outside space into the garden sanctuary you want.

Get in touch with our friendly team today, or come visit us at our site in Mark, Somerset.

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