How to prepare for garden summer parties

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I know it will take a little bit longer for our lives to get back to normal but with the restrictions slowly lifting, we will soon be able to see family and friends from other households. As the UK Government website states, from 29 March “outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed, providing greater flexibility for families to see each other. This includes in private gardens.” This means, it’s time to start getting your home, or at least your garden, ready for guests! 

You might have not paid attention to your garden since last summer – the weeds have grown tall, the patio needs a good scrub and your outdoor furniture should have been covered from the rain. It’s okay, it’s been a few strange months and honestly, nobody can judge. However, it’s time to turn that garden upside down and give it a much-needed uplift. 

Take on the grime

It’s time to tackle the patio grime! The Handy Squad, who offer handyman services in London, recommend using a pressure washer to remove built-up slime, debris, grime and moss. If you need an extra pair of hands, the Handy Squad will be happy to help, they can “blast away any inch of dirtiness with a jet washer and make your patio look freshly laid again.”

Declutter.

Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum believes that December is the best time to declutter and clean the inside of your home and I believe that spring is the best season to declutter and clean the outside of your home. The weather is nicer, the days are longer, meaning that you can give your outdoors more attention. Start going through everything that’s inside your garden shed, organise it and get rid of anything that you don’t need or use.

Double-check the barbecue

It’s important to check if the barbecue is ready for action. This article on Good Housekeeping recommends scooping out “any long-forgotten ashes and dispose of them” if you have a charcoal barbecue. Also, don’t forget to remove the grate and leave it to soak in warm soapy water.

Add some colour

Is your garden fence looking old and dull? Maybe it’s time to gloss it. Is your garden shed boring and uninviting? Give it some colour. If you want to add more colour to your garden, make sure to plant flowers, fruit trees and veggies all around. Add some colourful plant pots and there you have it – a colourful and unforgettable back garden. 

Light it up. 

The fact that the sun is setting doesn’t mean the day is over. Add some decorative lights to set the mood and continue your party. This article on Readers Digest recommends hanging “a string of outdoor festoons along the fence or scatter a series of lanterns on the decking with long-burn candles inside.”

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