If you want to spruce up your garden ready to enjoy it this summer, you’re just in time! As the weather starts to improve and the sun starts to shine, there’s no better way to spend your time other than in your garden.
Whether you’ve got acres of lawn or a pocket sized patio, we’ve got 8 fab garden tips to suit every size garden so you can make the most out of the British summer season. These are some quick and inexpensive ways to help you transform your outdoor area and create the perfect spot to soak up the sun.
Liven Up Your Furniture
You can give your old furniture a new lease of life with a lick of paint. Why not transform your garden and mix it up by throwing in some vibrant colours to give it a bright new look for the summer season? Opting for summer colours like bright oranges, sunshine yellows and dazzling greens are a definite step in the right direction. Like this turquoise folding garden chair, perfect for a vibrant back garden set up.
Try planting Marigolds or Daffodils. This will create a lovely area in your garden as well as making it feel even more summery with the bright colours. We recommend using our Wildflower Topsoil to get long-lasting, high-quality results, and to ensure your flowers look as great as they can all summer long.
Make It Cosy
Adding throws and cushions to your outside seating areas will make it feel cosy and keep you warm in what can be chilly summer evenings, meaning you can enjoy your outdoor space for longer. You can get them in all sorts of styles and colours to match your space or even mix it up and throw in some fun colours.
One thing that can really add an element of cosiness is brand new turf to lay a blanket down on as the evenings get lighter. If you’re wanting to simply improve the lawn you already have, or you’d like to create the lawn of your dreams from scratch, the world truly is your oyster. There are plenty of ways to go about it; you could choose to take a DIY approach, or you could get in touch with us at Earth Cycle if you have any questions.
Light It Up
There are so many different types of lights you can put up in your outside space to create a cute atmosphere. By doing this, you’ll be able to enjoy spending time outside even when the sun goes down. Solar lights are super easy to just leave outside so they charge during the day and then they come on automatically in the evenings. On Amazon you can get some lovely solar lights in many forms like crystal ball string lights, copper string lights and multi-coloured string lights!
You can also get plenty that come on with a timer so you don’t need to remember to turn them on and off, allowing you to sit back without worry. They come in plenty of colours to match your vibe, so whether you want to create a relaxing area with warm lights or fill the place with coloured lights, it’s up to you!
Create A Comfy Corner
Bring the indoors out by creating an outdoor living room! Corner sofas are the perfect solution for creating a comfy area in your garden without taking up too much space. By putting it in the corner, it keeps it tucked out of the way, leaving room for other activities. Make it even cosier by surrounding it with plants and bring in a little coffee table to give it a homely touch.
You can even get sets that come with a lovely corner sofa and a coffee table in a choice of colours like this one from Amazon. Or if you’re looking to spend a bit more for a larger set, why not look at this one also from Amazon.
Make Space For The Little Ones
You can create a space to keep your little ones occupied in lots of ways. Whether that's with a playhouse or simply throwing a blanket over some chairs to create a cosy den. Add some pillows, blankets and snacks and they’ll love it. They get their own space and you can enjoy yours; making those long summer nights feel a little bit shorter!
Pinterest has lots of great ideas for when it comes to blanket forts, and whether you’re making a den on a budget or you’re really splashing the cash when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor space, you’re bound to find an idea you like. We find that outdoor furniture, such as camping chairs or picnic blankets, make a perfect foundation for the cosy den of your dreams.
Hang Out In A Hammock
Lay back and relax in a hammock while reading a book or why not have a siesta! Even if you don’t have a handy space to hang it between, you can get hammock bases so you can simply put it anywhere in your garden and either follow the sun or stick to the shade like this inexpensive metal one from Amazon. If you have a slightly higher budget you can look at some more sleek and higher quality ones like this unique wooden style base from Robert Dyas.
Decorate With Bunting
Bunting is a quick and easy decoration that can brighten up any garden. It’s also simple to make, which can be a good activity if you’ve got little ones to keep occupied. You can make it in all sorts of colours to match your garden vibe or even create different ones for each occasion. Or if you don’t fancy making your own, why not have a look at some pre-made bunting like this one from Amazon.
Get The Games Out
Games are a perfect way to bring family and friends together and there are lots of games you can play in the garden! If you’re lucky enough to have a big enough garden to play ball games or whether you bring a board game outside, you can make the most out of the weather and your outside space while enjoying a few games with loved ones. From Quoits to Rounders, we recommend visiting Jacques London for plenty more outdoor games.
However, it’s important to remember that lawn games can only be played to the very best of one's ability… when the lawn is well tended to! There are a variety of tools that you can use to make sure that your area of play is well kept and maintained, so make sure to get out into your garden early to avoid any disappointment.