We can start looking forward to the spring and summer months, and everything that comes with them, now that the cold of autumn and winter has passed us by.
The arrival of brighter days and warmer weather can signal a variety of things. Sunshine, BBQs, and relaxing time spent outside can all be enhanced by improving the setting in which it all takes place… the garden.
If your garden has been neglected in recent months, it could require some tender loving care. There’s a good possibility your paving will be filthy and will take some work to restore it to its former glory.
With that in mind, this article has put up a list of top recommendations for getting your patio ready for summer.
1. Examine the State of Your Patio
The effects of cold weather on outdoor surfaces can be disastrous. Examine your patio or deck for signs of wear or damage during the winter months. Look for wood that is cracking, twisting, or rotting on wood decks. Fix any shattered areas using a pole polisher, then pound in any pulled-out nails.
In cement, stone, brickwork, and tiled decks, look for cracks or sections that are deteriorating. Spread a polyvinyl repairing solution in multiple layers to cracks in concrete with a palette knife or shovel, as specified by the manufacturer.
Allow for drying time between applications after pressing it firmly to drive the initial coat into any nooks and crannies. Replace any broken or damaged tiles or bricks on your patio with brand new ones if it’s made of tile or brick.
2. Make Your Patio Shiny
Using a slim stick or tool, sweep away loose dirt and clean between deck cracks. Remove any weeds that have sprung in cracks or gaps in concrete and stone patios. To get rid of them, pull them up by hand if possible, or use a weed puller or a post-emergent herbicide application.
To remove dirt, dust, and other debris, use a garden hose or a power washer. To push dirt and debris away, spray a pan of water. Use a specialized patio cleaner or a Homemade mix of 3 gallons water, 1-gallon oxygen bleach, and 14 cups ammonia-free liquid dish washing soap to remove mold growth from your patio.
Fill a garden sprayer halfway with this solution and liberally apply it to the deck’s surface. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to solidify before washing.
Drop cloths should be used to protect any ground plants near the deck when spraying chemicals.
To avoid damaging the wood, use a pressure washer with a pressure level below 1,000 pounds per square inch and hold the nozzle a few feet away from the deck.
When using a pressure washer, wear safety glasses to avoid getting particles in your eyes.
Insect infestations should be removed. Use a broom to break up spider webs and pesticide spray to kill stinging insect nests. When spraying bug nests, wear protective eye wear and gloves.
Also, so that you don’t get stung, leave a clear escape path. During the spraying, keep youngsters and pets away.
When the coast is clear, use a broom or other long-handled equipment to knock down nests and dispose of them.
3. Ensure Your Patio Furniture Is in Good Shape and Clean It
Remove patio furniture from storage and inspect it for signs of wear or damage. Bolts and screws should be tightened. Wet clothes should be used to wipe clean each item of furniture, and towels should be used to dry it.
For tougher grime and stains, use dish soap, water, and a scrub brush. Hinges and other moving parts should be lubricated with all-purpose oil. If your furniture has rust, use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove them as much as possible.
Chemical rust removers can also be used to eliminate obstinate rust stains. Always pay attention to the manufacturer’s directions before use.
When sanding or working with chemicals, always use gloves, goggles, and a dust mask.
Consider re-staining or repainting furniture that appears worn or outdated. Use a rust and corrosion-inhibiting primer and paint developed for metal surfaces on metal furniture.
Wipe down pillows and cushions to eliminate any dust or grime that has accumulated during storage. Make sure you check the cushion fabric’s cleaning instructions first.
4. Set Up and Decorate Your Patio
Outdoor rugs or mats, pots, lighting, and wind chimes are all great additions to any patio.
After that, prepare your grill for summer cookouts. Dust it off and inspect it well. Replace any hoses that connect to gas that is cracked or damaged. Make sure the burners and gas tubes aren’t worn out, rusted, or clogged with garbage or spider webs.
You can clear blocked grills using a tube brush, needle, or safety pin. Make sure that all toggle switches as well as other features are in functioning order. Any seized-up nuts should be tightened. Replacement parts for your grill can be found at your local hardware shop. You can also replace your gas tank at your local gas outlet if it is empty.
To avoid major damage, make sure the propane tank at the grill is turned off before performing any maintenance. For specific safety concerns, consult your grill’s instruction booklet.
To eliminate burnt-on particles and debris, remove the grates and scrape them with a wire brush. You can also use a barbecue cleaning that you spray on. Clean the inside and outside of the grill using a sponge or rag and hot, soapy water. You can then rinse the grill using a garden hose. Allow time for it to dry. After that, test the grill to make sure it’s up to snuff.
5. Landscaping Rejuvenation
Refresh the landscape around your patio or deck. Trees and bushes with excessive branches should be pruned. Fresh mulch should be applied to flower beds and around trees. Check for decayed lamps or damages to your landscape lighting.
Install ambient lamps all around the deck if necessary to highlight its beauty and give additional light for nighttime entertaining.
For privacy and aesthetic appeal, consider planting trees or bushes around your patio.
You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to unwind and enjoy languid summer days on the patio!
A patio garden may be a great place whether you’re planning weekend barbecues, evening garden parties, or simply want to spend the day in the sun, and it can also improve the look of your home.
The above five easy steps will have your patio ready for summer in no time and with minimal work. As you enjoy your summer outside, you should look forward to spending many afternoons and evenings on your patio.