When we think about the summer, we tend to reflect on how much time we will be spending outdoors. It just goes hand in hand with what we expect from the weather – even if it’s not particularly on our side for the majority of the time. With the sun comes the ability to get out and make use of the space outside, particularly out gardens. But what do we need to do to ensure that we are using our gardens to their full capabilities when the warmth arrives?

Prepare the Furniture

If you have chairs or tables that have seen through several summers, it’s time to give them a bit of TLC. If they’re made out of wood especially, they are more prone to weathering and rot than their plastic counterparts. You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy new once the paint or stain starts fading away – simply sand until you get down to the raw wood and repaint. It’s a great excuse to do them up in a color or decoration of your choice to keep up with any trends that are floating around at the moment. Make sure that you treat the wood to be weather resistant, and ensure that you do this every couple of years so that you get a longer life out of your furniture.

Get the Necessities

Summer is barbecue season. There are certain things that you need to get ready before the weather hits and the rush suddenly starts to get everything in stock. You can get a trusted propane tank delivery provider to deliver you an order of gas ready to fuel a barbecue that’s not charcoal-generated, but this is best done at the start of the season to ensure that the company is in stock. It helps to have a full tank and not just rely on what’s left over from last year, or else you may end up having to take the rest of your food indoors to carry on cooking. Make sure that your barbecue is fully cleaned down and ready for use before you start using it.

Prune and Preen

There are certain things that you can do to your garden before the summer hits to ensure that it doesn’t get out of control and you have to tackle a bit of a wild mess when it comes to it. Mowing your lawn when the grass is high is something that can cause damage to your mower. Strimming it down beforehand can help your mower to manage the grass and get the job done correctly. Now is the ideal time to prune back everything that is prone to getting out of hand before the weather starts to warm up and give these plants the leighway to grow how and where they like. It may be more convenient for you to pin some bushes and trees back to a wall or fence so that you can contain them further from spreading all over your garden.