After a very wet Spring, we welcome the sun and heat that kick-started Summer! It’s time to dust off those outdoor furniture cushions and spend your evenings and weekends in the garden. Follow our tips on how to refresh your garden by cleaning up your patio and décor to take full advantage of your garden this Summer.
First, before the garden furniture comes out, ensure your paving is clean and ready for the weeks to come.
The simplest way to keep your natural stone fresh is brushing. Regular sweeping will remove detritus before it has a chance to accumulate and stain or damage the paving. Berries, hips. Drupes and other fruits must be removed as soon as they’re spotted.
We wouldn’t recommend using a power washer on natural stone as they can, and do, cause damage on some pavements. Regular hosing down will keep a paved area in good condition. If you find that your paving gets dirty very quickly from overhanging trees or close to a busy road, consider using a quality sealant to protect it.
Thanks to its great hardness and weather-resistance, porcelain paving tiles can be cleaned with almost any detergent. We recommend simply using a mild detergent and a water jet (which will not damage the paving). For great convenience and to avoid potential limescale deposits forming, we recommend facilitating drainage with a rubber brush.
Brush away leaves, fallen petals, gravel and stone, tidy your borders and give your plants a good water to keep the garden looking fresh.
Paving and furniture go hand in hand in a garden. Match your patio with your garden furniture depending on what kind of paving you have. For example, natural stone circle paving with bistro-style furniture or picnic tables and benches with large format porcelain.
Add some pop into your garden with colourful plants and bold furniture with muted coloured paving. Cushions with neon pink, orange and yellow, floral and geometric prints and cool sayings are this summers top trend for your garden.
Finish off your garden and let the entertainment continue into the evening with lighting. Introduce lighting in your borders, brighten seating areas with soft lanterns and illuminate your patio with strips of light within steps and joints. Don’t forget 2020’s biggest garden trend, fire pits. Our paving can be clad to create fire pits.
Check out our Inspiration page to see how to refresh your garden up for Summer.