Prepping your garden during the cold monthsJoshFebruary 15, 201918 viewsHome Finance0 Comments18 views 0 As the warmer months slowly approach over the horizon, home entertaining it likely going to be on the rise in the UK. With that to in mind, it’s time to consider whether you should be keeping your garden maintained and presentable all the time. The UK wastes up to £672 million each year as we don’t know how to look after our gardens. That’s why the following guide will advise on what you could be doing to keep your garden in the best condition. Keeping it tidy The most obvious task to start off with is to keep it tidy, which can be challenging. If you’ve let your garden go, simply tidying up and removing weeds can make your space so much more appealing. Set aside those expensive plans to enhance your yard with water features or a cabbage patch for now, as it will still look messy if you don’t take care of the essentials first. Weeding may seem like an endless task but removing them will make your garden automatically look a whole lot cleaner and presentable. Clear off any debris or leaves from your decking boards, if you have them. Then, use a high-pressure cleaner to wash away any remaining dirt. Once you’ve done that, you can scrub the deck where required to bring it back to life in time for the sunshine. The same applies for any concrete or tiled areas. Make sure you replace any broken or chipped tiles and give it a thorough clean. As this area is usually the most walked-on area, it’s important to keep on top of maintenance here. If you have a shed in your garden or fencing, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. The change in weather throughout the year may see them looking a tad tired and in need of brightening up. Speaking of sheds, it’s worth also taking the time to declutter yours. Sort out any items inside into ‘keep’ and ‘don’t keep’ piles and get rid of anything you don’t need. While people may not often see inside your shed, the build-up can get messy very quickly if you don’t keep on top of it. Adding furniture If your garden is looking a bit bare, you may find it worthwhile to add furniture to make the most out of the space. It doesn’t matter what size garden you have, somewhere to relax is essential. For those with limited space, add a hammock, while for those with more ground to play with, a table and chair set can be used to help you create the perfect living area. You have to think about where you’d want to spend those sunny days relaxing, or indeed how you’d want to entertain any guests. Aim to position this furniture towards the bottom of your garden to give it the illusion that it’s bigger than it actually is. You could place a mirror in your garden, to give it a much larger appeal. If you do choose this, though, make sure you position a mirror, so it has something that it can reflect, such as a nice floral display. When it comes to summer entertaining, then no doubt that BBQs springs to mind. Charcoal, electric or gas BBQs can turn your personal space into a home entertainment haven. While the UK may have unpredictable weather forecasts at times, as soon as the sun shines, the public clamour for a good BBQ. Make your spot the place to go and show off your garden space. Add Flowers and Plants If you’re not experienced in gardening than it’s likely that any plants or flowers you have wouldn’t have survived through the winter. So that means you’ll be back to square one to bring some colour to your space. However, don’t leave it too late either. It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to perfecting your bloom. It’s never too early to start getting your garden in shape. For example, hanging baskets can bring some colour to your garden all year round. To perfect your hanging basket displays in time for the summer months, you should ideally be planting them in April. However, be prepared to protect them from any potential frost well into May. Calibrachoa is a good choice to add to your basket, alongside blue petunias – a flower which is known for being weather resistant. If you tick all the above, then your area should look more presentable in time for summer, where you can unwind and enjoy hosting those parties.