Turn your garden into a social place

Want a garden that you can host parties in? Not every backyard is suitable for socialising in. Here are a few improvements that could help to make your garden a more social space.

Build a patio

Building a patio provides your garden with a designated social area. There are many companies  such as http://lifestylepatios.com/services/patios/ that can help you to build the patio of your dreams. Alternatively, you may be up for the challenge of building your own patio. Make sure to keep your patio well maintained by sweeping it regularly. Paving slabs may eventually become discoloured and need to be jet-washed.

Buy some outdoor furniture

Once you’ve got a patio, you’ll want to buy some garden furniture. Get yourself a range of tables and chairs for seating all your guests. There are lots of materials to choose from each with their own positive qualities. Cast iron furniture will stay put during the strongest of storms, but it’s difficult to move reposition and can rust eventually. Plastic furniture is more lightweight, making it easier to move around but flimsier. Check out sites like https://www.therange.co.uk/garden/garden-furniture/ when shopping for different kinds of garden furniture.

Provide shelter

Patio umbrellas and gazebos can help to provide shelter from the sun and the rain. These could be worth investing in for your garden to prevent guests from have to run indoors at the slightest glimpse of precipitation.

Light it up

Your garden will get dark in the evening, which could make it unsuitable for socialising in. Make sure that you’ve got some exterior lighting in your garden. Solar lights are some of the most economical options and are available from sites like http://www.coleandbright.co.uk/. Alternatively you could install a wall mounted light running of your house’s mains or use battery powered fairy lights.

Keep it warm

As the sun drops, the temperature is also likely to plummet. Having an outdoor heating source can help to keep your guests warm. Patio heaters are one option – these can run on electricity or gas. Another more rustic option could be a chiminea or a fire pit – these run on wood and coals and can provide natural light as well as heat.

Deter pests

Wasps and mosquitoes can ruin an outdoor party. You can take measures to deter these nuisances. Hanging up a crumpled paper bag can sometimes be enough to deter wasps – they mistake it for a rival wasp nest and so steer clear. Citronella candles meanwhile can sometimes deter mosquitoes.

Invest in a high-quality barbecue

No garden is complete without a barbecue. Look for something high-quality that you can cook on with ease. Gas and electric grills are far more convenient than coal barbecues as you don’t have to wait for them to heat up and control temperature more easily. That said, some people prefer the added taste that a coal barbecue can bring. Keep your barbecue covered or locked away when not in use to stop the rain from rusting it up.

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