Ideas for Getting Your Home and Garden Ready for Summer

Soon, the winter months will be coming to an end; most families will start thinking about getting their homes and gardens ready for the summer. You need to start doing that during the spring if you want to make the most of the hot weather when it arrives. The last thing you want is to spend the first few weeks of your summer working outside in the garden or inside in your home. So, now is the time to set the wheels in motion and create your plan of attack. Depending on the size, shape, and location of your house, you should tailor the tips below accordingly. These suggestions are just here to point you in the right direction and ensure you leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparing your home and garden. Use them wisely!

Get some thin blankets for the beds

There is a decent chance that you put thick blankets and duvets on your family’s beds during the winter months. That is a fantastic solution because it ensures your kids remain warm without using lots of energy to heat the home. However, you’ll want to remove those blankets and get something a little thinner for the summer months. Failure to do that could mean your family never manages to get a decent night’s sleep, and that could result in many issues. For instance, your kids might begin to fall asleep at school, and you might underperform at the office. Depending on your climate, it could make sense to remove blankets altogether and just use sheets on the beds. Just employ some common sense, and you can’t go wrong.

Remove those thick winter curtains

You probably use thick curtains at your windows during the winter months because that helps your home to retain heat and ensure you don’t spend a fortune on your energy bills. So, it’s a brilliant idea that you should repeat every single year when the temperature begins to drop. Still, your home could become an oven during the summer, and that is why you need to have some alternative curtains handy. Ideally, you just want something thin that is going to block some light without too much heat retention. You can get them online or from your local home store, but some people like to purchase the material and make them by hand. All the final decisions are down to you.

Pay to get your air conditioning checked

The last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to stop working during the summer months when the temperatures soar. You can guarantee that maintenance experts will charge more for their services at that time of the year. With that in mind, you should think about getting your air conditioning unit checked during the spring. That way, you shouldn’t break the bank, and you can fix any problems before you need to use the device. The expert you employ to check the unit will let you know about any parts that might break in the near future. It’s then up to you whether you replace them now or wait. At least you will know about potential repairs before you need to undertake them. That should help you to budget.

Plant your vegetables and flowers

Springtime is when you should go out into the garden and make it look neat and tidy. The first thing you need to do is remove all those weeds from your flower beds and vegetable patches. You can then head down to your local garden center and get some new seeds and bulbs. Be sure to ask the staff working in that business about the most popular flowers and vegetables people plan to grow in their gardens this year. That way, you might come across something you haven’t considered in the past. Find the time to plant your bulbs and seeds in the ground according to your hardiness zone map, and your family should manage to benefit from them by the time summer arrives.

Keep your grass short

If you don’t enjoy working in the garden, there is only one job that most people would consider essential. Keeping your lawn short is not going to require much effort if you purchase a decent mower. You only need to go out into the garden a couple of times each year to cut the grass, and the first time should be near to the end of spring. You will notice that the lawn begins to grow much faster than it usually does during the summer months. So, be sure to keep on top of things. If you have teenage children, it’s possible that you could allocate that job to them. Just don’t let anyone who might be irresponsible loose with a mower because they could injure themselves.

Of course, if you don’t want to cut the grass in your garden this year, there are plenty of professionals out there who will complete the task on your behalf for a small fee. Just speak to your neighbors or search online for recommendations. You are guaranteed to find someone in the local area who wants the work. Just don’t complain if people on your block start to think you’re a bit lazy.

Build a BBQ in the garden

What’s the point in having a beautiful garden if you don’t host parties for your friends and family during the summer months? You could even use the space for one-off family events like vow renewals. Most people love spending time outside when the sun is shining, and so you should consider building a straightforward barbecue this spring. You just need to head down to your local merchants and pick up some bricks. If you don’t want to spend any money, it’s possible that you might find people using online auction websites and social media sites who want to get rid of some excess bricks for free. So, you just need to shop around and consider your options. There are guides online you can use to design and build the barbecue if you get stuck.

Create a shaded area

Getting sunburn is never fun, and your kids could become ill if they spend too much time out of the shade. With that in mind, you need to think of a way to create a cool area of your garden where everyone can relax out of the sun. Large umbrellas are an excellent choice if you need to create some shade. You might even think about planting some trees that will block out the sun for most of the summer. Other suggestions might include building a summerhouse or something similar. However, that is going to cost a small fortune, so you need to consider your budget before opting for something that drastic. Still, anything that keeps your family out of direct sunlight is probably a good idea and a wise move.

Consider adding a pool

You have lots of options on the table when it comes to adding a pool to your garden. You could hire some digging equipment and build something permanent that is going to last for many years. However, that suggestion is only suitable for families with substantial outdoor spaces and a lot of money in the bank. If you’re not feeling flush at the moment, you could head down to your local garden center again and pick up a plastic or material pool. Sink it into your garden if you want to create the illusion of something a little more permanent. Your kids are going to love the pool because it will keep them cool in the hot sun. The adults will enjoy it too because it keeps the little ones occupied and out of their hair. Just bear in mind the potential water and energy costs if you get something with a heater.

Install some waterproof outdoor speakers

Lastly, no modern summer garden is complete without a set of outdoor speakers. There are many different models and brands available at the moment, and so you just need to search online and read some reviews. Ideally, you’re going to want something that stands the test of time and remains in working order for at least a couple of years. The reviews written by people who used the items in the past should assist you in sorting the wheat from the chaff. You might have to wire the speakers into your main electric system, so you’ll want to call a professional. You can also control the devices using Bluetooth in most instances, and that means anyone can play music straight from their laptop or smartphone.

Now that you have some ideas how to prepare your home and garden for the summer months, nothing should stand in the way of your success. You just need to take some of the ideas from this page and create your plan of action. You then have to start working as soon as possible if you want to get everything sorted before the hot weather arrives. During the summer, you won’t want to spend time outside working. That is when you will want to use the garden to relax and have fun with your family. Have a great summer!

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