Guest article from Mark Enright of regalawnings.co.uk
In summer, making the most of your garden is easy. Besides just doing work such as planting, mowing and weeding; there are plenty of fun activities you can use your garden for. Here are just a few of them:
A patio with comfortable seats makes the perfect place to sit and unwind. Experiment with different types of seating to create something which makes your garden stand out from the rest. You could implement different styles of seats, instead of just the standard table and chairs.
Having a BBQ is the quintessential summer garden activity. With a huge array of BBQs on the market, from disposable charcoal models for under £10, to gas fired models which can cost hundreds, there is something to suit every budget and cooking ability. Enjoying a meal outdoors is a perfect way to catch up with friends and family in a relaxed setting. A BBQ is always best when combined with a patio or seating area as they give you somewhere to sit comfortably.
Use your lawn
Often, if you have a patio or seating area, your lawn will be underutilised. You spend your time mowing it, so why not use it for sports such as football or passive activities like sunbathing (on those rare occasions it is actually sunny!). Get use out of your lawn when the sun goes down by installing garden lights. These are often cheap, with many models being solar powered. They will charge up throughout the day, meaning after the initial purchase cost, they won’t cost you any more money.
With insect and animal numbers declining, having a dedicated wildlife area in your garden allows you to do your bit to help. You can go for the cheap option: simply leaving a section to grow wild. The wildflowers that grow will attract more insects to your garden. If you have more money to spend, then bird feeders and baths make great features. Make sure to buy the correct type of food for the birds in your area, they don’t all eat the same things.
Build a pond
Building a pond is another great way to attract wildlife to your garden. By creating a pond with various depths and plants, you will attract a wider array of animals. If you choose to have fish, ensure they are properly protected, as they make easy pickings for predatory birds.
Install an awning
When the weather turns colder, an awning will allow you to still get outside and enjoy your garden. They are the perfect foil to changeable weather, providing shelter from sudden downpours. With a wide selection of shelters available, there is always something on the market to suit all tastes and needs.
Do you have any other tips for getting the most out of your garden? Leave them in the comments section below.
This piece was written by Mark Enright, a writer for Regal Awnings, the garden awning specialists.