How to Get Your Garden or Outdoor Area Ready for Spring

19th February 2018

Spring is just around the corner

February is the shortest month of the year and we haven't got long left. So, when March rolls around, we need to be ready for the warmer season! Apparently, Tuesday 20th March is the official first day of spring this year for the Northern Hemisphere. That's just around a month to get prepared. And if you're anything like us here at Lakeland Furniture, you'll love spending time in your garden when the sun comes out. There's nothing more special than an outdoor space perfectly designed for spring! So, without further ado, let's run through our recommendations step by step.

1. Get on top of your garden maintenance

Granted, garden maintenance isn't the most exciting of activities. If you're lucky enough, you might even have a gardener! But if not, make sure you take this time to get up to speed with things. Of course, no-one really mows their law over the winter period but now is the time to start neatening up the edges. Dedicated a weekend to 'sorting the garden out'. Get your lawnmower out, prepare your soil and trim your hedges. Everything is going to grow a lot quicker as spring arrives so it's definitely worth starting as you mean to go on!

If you've got a patio, you're lucky. Use this time to pull up any weeds that may have grown through the paving and neaten up your potted plants. If you've got outdoor fences, now is the time to get the varnish and paint out. Jetwashing your decking or patio is also a worthy activity to put some time into. Trust us, you'll be so much happier when you can sit out in a perfectly preened outdoor area when the sun shows its face.

2. Take a trip to the garden centre

There's no-one more inspiring than a garden centre for any time of year: they are the perfect places for seasonal goodness and great ideas. You could make a list of all the bits and bobs you need for the garden. We're sure your garden maintenance weekend will have cropped up any problem areas. For example, are you missing any important tools? Are there any special pots you'd like or particular flowers you'd like to grow this summer? Do you need an extra pot of fence paint? Now is the time to whip around the garden centre and pick up everything you need to make that beautiful outdoor space.

3. Order your new garden furniture

Of course, if you're going to get your garden looking beautiful, it'd be a shame to have nowhere to appreciate it! Investing in some good quality garden furniture will make your life in spring that bit more enjoyable. If you've already got a good set of furniture, you may not want to splash out on new products. That's completely understandable. However, make sure you've properly cleaned your furniture so that it looks as good as new when you take it out of storage!

4. Plan events to enjoy in your garden

Now that you've worked hard on getting your garden or outdoor space ready, it's time to really enjoy it. Whilst everyone else is doing all of the above when the sun starts shining, you'll have already completed the list. Start to plan barbecues, garden cocktail evenings and al fresco dinner parties. This will not only make you the most popular person in your friendship group but it'll give you a sense of pride when other people can enjoy the beautiful outdoor space you've created.

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