Getting your garden ready for summer can sometimes feel like a tiresome task, yet with our straightforward tips you can transform your outdoor area for sunny days to impress all your guests.

Although summer might seem like a long way off, starting your preparation now will get you ahead of the game. It’s time to fill your calendar with fun occasions; sit back and relax to the reward of your efforts, and show off the transformation through a summer of entertaining.

There are plenty of ways to transform your garden without having to call in a landscape gardener. We’ve brought together our favourite garden ideas to give your outdoor space an instant boost.

Top tips to prep your garden for summer

Start with a tidy up

It’s time to give your garden some much needed TLC. Mow the grass, rake any unwanted leaves covering your path and mulch the soil to put a stop to any unruly weeds. This doesn’t have to be done all at once, you can try doing a little over staggered weekends. Make it a family affair and recruit your children to help you out. A tidy up will be an ongoing activity, but it will make your garden look fresh and neat.

Elegant garden with flowers and outdoor lighting

Clear out the shed

If, like us, you haven’t dared to venture into the shed over winter, the time has come again to tackle the garden shed and re-organise everything inside. Do a clear out of any unwanted or unused items. Put the items you’ll use the most over the summer months at the front, so they’re in easy reach.  

Garden shed with rake

Add a parasol for shade

A parasol can be a great addition to your garden furniture that will provide protection from the sun. Easily place your parasol over your dining table for those really hot days, and simply fold it away, when you no longer need it.

Garden parasol for shade

At Fishpools, we have a variety of garden parasols to choose from in a range of styles and sizes, so you can find the perfect one for you. Including freestanding and ones to go in the middle of your table that are designed to be durable through all weather conditions, and the clever UV fabric is long-lasting.

Think about lighting

Add lighting to your outdoor space to create the perfect ambience whatever the occasion. A wall light is the simple way to be prepared once the sun has set. You can create the perfect mood with a modern energy-saving white light, like the Moore LED outdoor wall light.

Accessorise your furniture

Bring the style and comfort from inside your home to your outdoor space with some accessories. Decorate your garden sofa with cushions, use throws for personalised style on your daybed or store in the shed ready for when the weather gets a little chilly. Accessorising your furniture doesn’t take a lot of time, effort or money and will add comfort and style to enjoy your summer with your loved ones.

Decorative cushions on garden sofa at Fishpools

Find the perfect seating

Seating is essential to enjoy the summer in comfort. Whether you’re planning a BBQ, a cocktail party, or relaxing, you can find the perfect furniture for you at Fishpools. From rattan sofa sets to sun loungers, discover our collections online today.

The Naples rattan garden sofa is ideal for your garden or your conservatory. There are plump cushions to provide additional comfort, and the rattan design is a stylish feature as well as practical; it’s easy to clean, durable and UV protected.

If you’re looking to upgrade your chill out zone, the Nassau sunbed in grey rattan is just the thing. This product is durable, comfortable and comes with a free side table!

Don’t forget about the bar

When it comes to entertaining your guests, having a useful place to store and place your drinks is ideal. The Barbados 4 seat square garden bar set is just what you need. This set features 4 bar stools, a square bar table and a handy ice bucket to keep your drinks chilled. Hand-designed in grey rattan design, this garden feature wouldn’t look out of place in any modern home.

Transform your tiresome garden and get it in perfect condition for your summer activities. Follow our simple suggestions to feel satisfied and ready to show off your work. Did you follow our ideas and have a garden transformation you’d like to share with us? Show us your gardens by tweeting us or messaging us on Facebook.

For more ideas on how you can get your outdoor space shipshape for summer, browse more of our garden furniture online today or visit us in store

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