A sunny bench surrounded by greenery and flowers

For a garden that allows you to fully enjoy the season of summer, take action in spring and watch everything fall into place when the long, warm summer days and evenings arrive.

Follow these 12 steps to get your garden ready for summer.

1. Banish any weeds.

Someone in wellies standing next to weeds.

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, you can almost guarantee that the weeds will be trying to find their way back into your garden, so get ready. Find your trusty gardening gloves and start tearing them up, sprinkle animal-safe weed killer, or make short work of them with our 40v Cordless 30cm Grass and Brush Trimmer.

2. Clear out the shed.

Peeking at a shed through leaves

When you’re gardening in the winter, it’s easy to want to get back into the warmth as soon as possible, which may mean you threw a few things into the shed without much thought for tidiness. If that’s the case, now is the time to have a sort so that all the tools you’re going to be using more often are easily accessible and in good condition.

3. Check your essential garden equipment.

A person tidying up a plant with garden equipment

While we’re on the topic, give your go-to gardening equipment a good check. Is everything still in working order and ready to take on another summer of gardening?

If not, we know where you can find high-quality, cordless, battery powered gardening equipment you can trust.

4. Trim back any overgrown hedges, trees, and borders.

Looking at an overgrown hedge from the side

Nothing makes your garden feel smaller and more untidy than overgrown hedges, trees, and borders, restricting the room of your green space. Take care of any overgrowth and your garden will instantly look neater.

Although, if you listened to our 5 ways to prepare your garden for winter, you may have already taken care of this and won’t have seen too much regrowth yet.

5. Start watering your plants and flowers more.

Someone watering their grass with a hose

As the sun appears more often and your garden springs back into life, your plants and flowers require more water than they did throughout the winter. Remember to increase your watering routine while avoiding the hottest parts of the day (unless you prefer your flowers fried).

6. Start preparing your ideal summer plants.

A new sprout coming up from the soil.

For many people wondering, “How do I prepare my garden for summer?” the question of “When do I prepare my garden for summer?” is just as important, and this is usually in relation to the planting of seeds, which grow best at certain times of the year.

If you’re looking for flowers, fruits, and vegetables that’ll be ready in the summer, here’s what could plant soon:

Flowers to plant in spring for summer:

  • Dahlias
  • Begonias
  • Gladioli
  • Lilies
  • Peonies
  • Polianthes

Fruits to plant in spring for summer:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Oranges
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Vegetables to plant in spring for summer:

  • Artichoke
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsnip
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onion

7. Prepare your patio.

A top-down view of a modern patio

If you have a patio space, you’re likely to be spending many days and evenings here throughout the summer, whether you’re enjoying your morning coffee, enjoying a glass of wine at the end of a long week, or socialising with your friends long into the summer nights.

Ensure this area is looking guest-ready by hosing or wiping down any furniture and stone or wooden decking.

8. Clean the barbeque.

A man standing at a fiery BBQ with a spatula

Those three dreaded words. Cleaning the barbeque is no-one’s favourite chore, but the reward of getting the job done is so worth it: Summer BBQs. While you’re at it, remember to check your supply of gas or butane and top up ahead of any BBQ plans.

9. Freshen up fences and sheds.

A fence being painted blue

Throughout autumn and winter, anything outdoor features can take a real beating from the harsher weather, often coming out the other side looking dull and worn. Take this time to freshen up things like fences and sheds with a fresh lick of paint.

10. Spruce up your social spots.

A lit-up seating area in a garden

Whether it’s your patio, a garden bar, chairs under an awning, or something else entirely, make sure these areas are ready for guests. Wipe over any furniture or outside decorations that have weathered the British winter and replace any bulbs or batteries if you have outside lights.

If you don’t have any outside lights or decorations, we’d recommend starting there to really add that wow factor on long summer evenings spent chatting away in the garden.

11. Clean your pond & water features.

A splash in a water feature

If you’re lucky enough to have a pond or some kind of water feature, such as a bird bath or mini waterfall, give them a good clean. Not only is this important for any fish or wildlife enjoying these waters, but it’ll also be an eyesore for you and your guests all summer long otherwise.

12. Create an eco-friendly space for garden wildlife.

A robin resting on a stone wall.

If your garden is looking ready for summer, it’s likely also an attractive space for the beautiful garden wildlife of Britain. For more information on the ways to attract, prepare for, or even deter certain garden wildlife, explore our guides on all the creatures and critters you might find in your garden:

How to get ready for summer: All the gardening equipment you need.

For small gardens and large gardens that are a joy to spend your summer in, all you need is the right gardening equipment. For cordless garden equipment you can trust in all seasons, we’re here for you.