The sun is out, plants and flowers are blooming, and the temperature is rising, so there is no reason not to sit outside after a long day at work and relax at the weekend in your beautiful garden.
Spending time outdoors in the fresh, summer weather is one of the most wonderful and refreshing things you can do, especially when it’s in your own back garden. To make this time even better, it’s nice to be able to sit out on your patio or deck, where you can relax and enjoy a drink or even entertain friends.
Here are a few ways you can get your decking ready for summer and make your outdoor space more enjoyable:
It’s not just the inside of your house that needs a regular going over to keep it nice and clean, after a cold winter and rainy spring, your decking will need extra some love as well.
The easiest way to clean it is just by using water and soap, but if you have a pressure washer that will do the job too. Once it is clean, give it a good looking over and check for any splinters or exposed nails that could cause an injury. Once your deck is clean, it is best to reseal it to protect all your hard work.
Once you have cleaned your deck, check out the condition of the paintwork or varnish – bad weather such as rain and heavy winds can wear the paint away, or it can simply just become dull over time.
You can either give it a new lease of life with a coat of varnish, or you could change it up completely with a new colour. After a couple of coats of paint, it will look as good as new, and ready for the summer.
Light it Up
Although the days are longer in the summer months and the evenings can stay light until 9pm or 10pm, there will be a point when the darkness draws in. If you want to have friends over or have a BBQ in the evening, it’s good to have a back up plan for when the light begins to fade.
There are lots of different ways to light up your decking, including fairy lights, lanterns, and tiki torches, just make sure that whatever method you go for it is designed to be outside or is easy to bring in with you once your evening is over.
It’s important to have the right furniture on your decking if you want to use it for relaxing and entertaining. Make sure you have a sturdy table and some comfortable chairs that will allow you to sit out and enjoy your evening.
Pick some waterproof cushions so they don’t need bringing in each day, and decorate the end of the decking with some colourful plants and flowers. You could also get a BBQ or fire pit if you want to create the ultimate deck.
Keep it Cool
Believe it or not, the sun can get hot even in England sometimes. If you are going to be sat outside, it’s important to give yourself a bit of shade, so you don’t have to go back indoors when the sun starts shining.
The easiest way to create shade on your decking is by using a canopy or umbrella, but if you have a roofed patio, you could simply add some curtains - this will also help to keep any insects and bugs away.
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