In the winter, many of us are guilty of neglecting our gardens in favour of staying in our warm, cosy homes. However, when the summer rolls around, we all look for an idyllic outdoor space to relax in on a sunny afternoon or two.

If your garden is looking a little unloved, here’s everything you need to know to get your space summer-ready – without breaking the bank!

Patio perfection

Over time, our patios can start to look a little tired and dirty. If yours is looking past its best, an easy way to restore it is to give it a good clean. A pressure washer and a specialist cleaning solution, like this one from Homebase, is usually all it takes to lift the dirt away.

However, if you have cracked or broken tiles, you may need to replace your patio. Paving stones can be costly, but there are alternative options available. Take a look at the selection of patio tiles available from TactTiles: their durable selection can be laid over the top of your existing patio, instantly refreshing your space.

Appealing pots

The classic terracotta pot has been something of a garden staple for quite a while now, but it can look a little bland.

If you have an array of these pots already, you can easily update them by simply painting some jazzy designs on them. Or, how about stencilling a pattern instead? You can download free stencils from Spray Paint Stencils, so you can really get creative with your pots – regardless of your artistic ability!

Remember to apply a clear varnish afterwards, to protect your handiwork from the weather.

Weeds be gone

You can have some of the most beautiful flowers in your garden, but their appeal will be ruined by the intrusion of weeds. Remove all of these unsightly plants from your garden by using a weed killer.

If you have pets, or inquisitive children, it’s always best to use one that is chemical-free to ensure their safety. You don’t even have to head to the store for this: there are some great recipes for homemade weed killers available online. Check out these suggestions from Little House Living.