Travis Perkins

Sady, we’re all far too familiar with the unpredictable nature of British summertime. Hands up those of you who’ve been happily soaking up the sun in the garden, only to have to race indoors because of a sudden downpour? We thought as much.

So with time spent in the garden at a premium here in the UK, how can we make our outdoor space work for us all year round?

Emma Gaynor, landscaping manager at Travis Perkins, shares her top tips for weather proofing your garden.

Turn up the heat

It’s easy to extend your time spent outdoors, if you simply add a source of heat. Decking with underfloor heating adds the perfect touch of warmth when dining outdoors and relaxing with family and friends. Alternatively, outdoor heaters are extremely effective at keeping chillier weather at bay.

For added drama, think about investing in an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or chiminea, which are made for huddling around once the sun goes down.

Water, water everywhere

It might sound like a cliche but everybody loves a hot tub, not least because they’re warm, relaxing and inviting, whatever the time of year. Invest in one and your family and friends will thank you for it!

Let there be light

As it starts to get dark earlier, there’s nothing better than the addition of ambient lighting. Opt for solar or LED variations and think about what works best for your garden, be it path markers, spotlights or patio string lights.

Oh sit down

If you want to enjoy your outdoor space beyond summer, make sure your garden furniture is up to scratch. Furniture made from weather resistant materials like powder coated steel, teak and poly resin wicker are designed to withstand the elements and can last through several seasons.

Travis Perkins has the treatments on hand to weatherproof your wooden furniture and decking, making sure it stays in tip top condition.

Raise the roof

Summerhouses and log cabins are ideal for providing extra shelter as the temperature falls, just what everyone wants. They also have the added beauty of serving as an extra room, be it an office, playroom, living space or general retreat from the main house.

If you have the space, then timber cabins can work well in any garden.

Grill power

They say that food always tastes better when it’s cooked outdoors and barbecues certainly don’t have to be reserved for summer. Invest in a gas barbecue, position it close to your outdoor heater and get used to mastering the grill come rain, shine or, dare we say it, snow.

Let it grow

Grow seasonal herbs, plants and vegetables in containers on your decking, patio or close to the house, giving you all the more incentive to spend time outdoors whatever the weather. Your garden will also thank you for it, as pumpkins pack a punch in autumn and winter roses bloom when the weather becomes increasingly cold.

Written by Emma Gaynor

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