How To Get Your Home & Garden Ready For Summer
Hallelujah - it’s finally arrived! Longer, sunnier days. Warm weather. Less (we hope!) rain. And, of course, plenty of garden parties, BBQs and time spent outside. Summer is here in all its glory. It’s time to get our homes, gardens and outdoor spaces ready!
First thing’s first, let’s get the basics (and borings) out of the way. To ensure seamless summer fun, it’s vital to first carry out a bit of maintenance around the house, including:
Combatting summer pests
The warmer weather unfortunately also means there’s likely to be many more bugs wanting to move in - mosquitoes, termites, bed bugs, ticks, spiders, flies, ants and the list goes on. There are a number of things you can do to deter bugs from setting up shop in your home such as: sealing all your doors and windows (and keeping them closed after dusk); adding bug screens, especially if you live in a more rural area; maintaining your yard, ensuring drains are clear and there aren’t any issues with drainage or build-ups of water likely to attract mosquitoes and other pests; uncluttering your home, never leaving unprotected food around and always storing rubbish properly; and spraying outdoor areas with insect repellents. There are also a number of products you can purchase to keep bugs away both indoors and outdoors including citronella oils, incense and candles; essential oils such as tea tree or lavender (can be burnt or applied to the body); plug-in mosquito repellents and so forth.
Get your garden tools ready
Tidy the yard
If you’re looking to make any major changes to your home or outdoor area, however, be sure to check with your local council beforehand. You may have to submit planning applications or apply for other permissions. Read our article about it here.
Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, it's time to have some fun with your garden or outdoor area! Here are some ideas on how to get your garden ready for entertaining...
Plant some herbs
Creating a herb wall close to your BBQ area is not just handy for when you're cooking up a storm or making cocktails, but will create a wonderful aroma when guests are around. Basil, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are always great herbs to have available. Here are some great examples to inspire you.
Upgrade your deck or garden furniture
Surprise your evening guests by painting a garden wall, fence panel, pot plants, decorative stones or a small feature area with some glow-in-the-dark paint. They’ll love it! Here is a useful guide to making your own glow in the dark stepping stones.
Light it up
Improve your barbecue area
Add a fun DIY bar like this one or this or even invest in an entire outdoor kitchen like this very impressive effort. Your guests aren't going to believe their eyes when they step foot into your new summer-ready outdoor pad!
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