In the sweltering summer months, having a garden is a great attribute. Having said that, there are a number of measures you’ll need to take to make your garden usable throughout the hot season. From staying comfortable to keeping cool, there are a number of ways in which you can summer-proof your garden, a few of which are listed here:
Installing a swimming pool in your garden is a nice idea, but in reality the costs associated not only with the installation but with the cleaning, electricity and upkeep are often prohibitive. Nevertheless, the benefits of having a pool are manifold – it not only provides a place to have a dip and cool down, the large expanse of water also serves to cool the air in the vicinity, acting as a sort of outdoor air con. So how can you get a piece of the pie without having to go the whole hog? A temporary pool could make the perfect solution. Looking something like a giant adult paddling pool, these contraptions are great if you’ve got the space and can often be made as deep as two metres – perfect for having a splash around.
The idea of sunbathing is glorious, but the reality? Not so much. Lying in a pool of sweat as your skin progresses to ever deeper shades of red is not only uncomfortable but also dangerous, which is why shade is absolutely essential if you’re to make it through the summer months unscathed. Umbrellas can be used for this purpose, but they are cumbersome to put up and down and pose a storage problem in winter. This is why retractable and folding awnings make an excellent alternative, as they can be extended whenever needed and then neatly stored away in their own special compartment. If you are looking to install folding arm awnings in Melbourne, there are suppliers who can offer a wide range of designs and styles to suit any space.
For a more natural way to create shade, trees are ideal. However, there’s the obvious problem of how long they take to reach maturity. If you’re looking to purchase a home, it is well worth opting for one with trees already in the garden, otherwise there are certain trees which can reach maturity incredibly quickly – for example, the Royal Empress can take just three years to reach fifty feet, or the Eastern Cottonwood grows at a rate of fifteen feet per year in the right climate.
Sprinklers are essential for keeping your grass and plants from languishing in the sun. They are also great for cooling down your garden on the whole as they provide a refreshing spritz from time to time – all the more reason to get them installed!
For comfort, good seating is a must. This may range from and chairs and table set where you can eat lunch, to adjustable deckchairs where you can kick back and relax.
So, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, be sure to make the most of it by summer-proofing to perfection!