Temperatures have been soaring across the UK, and whilst most have enjoyed the hot weather, many gardens have been left looking a bit worse for wear. However, with warmer spells set to continue and the bank holiday weekend coming up, now is the ideal time to give your garden a little extra TLC.
Typically, we tend to socialise outdoors a lot more during the summer months, but it’s not always easy to keep everyone happy as there are many bug bears when it comes to partying outside.
Here are some of the common problems that occur in the heat and how you can solve them, with help from outdoor cleaning specialists, Jeyes.
- Pesky pests – no one likes the thought of being attacked by insects when dining al fresco. Whether they’re biting you or trying to take a bite out of your food, it’s fair to say that these are definitely the unwanted guests at a party. Citronella candles or incense sticks can not only deter mosquitoes and the like, but also smell great too. It’s safe and non-toxic for humans and pets which is great if you have any four-legged friends around.
- Patio prep – with many of us typically spending more time in the garden at this time of year, your patio can often end up getting stained and dirty, not to mention a build up of mould and algae. Jeyes 4 in 1 Patio Power works wonders for driveways, patios and tarmac and effectively kills 99.9% of germs. With no scrubbing required, you’ll have the perfect outdoor setting in no time.
- Unkempt garden – everyone wants to impress their guests when it comes to throwing a party, so giving your garden a tidy beforehand is a definite must. If the weather has left your lawn looking a little dry and patchy, fertiliser can certainly help. However, be careful not to use too much as this can result in the grass becoming scorched and the roots may burn along with a changed PH in the soil.
- Dodgy barbecues – it’s all well and good inviting family and friends round for a delicious barbecue, but the fun will soon end if your cooking skills aren’t up to scratch. Using a food thermometer is the best way to ensure your BBQ food is cooked thoroughly. Keep all chopping boards separate as well when preparing food to avoid cross contamination. To effectively clean grime, grease and burnt on food from the BBQ itself, use Jeyes’ cleverly designed Barbecue Smart Brush. The Smart Brush works on all types of barbeques, plus equipment and utensils. The fast-acting powerful concentrated formula cleans in just 10 minutes, killing 99.9 per cent of Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli.
- Getting comfy – if you only have a small garden and are worrying about where to seat to your guests, then consider creating a ‘cosy corner’ instead. Scattering a few brightly coloured cushions on the grass or decking can really lighten up the area and give guests a space to chill out. Much cheaper than buying extra furniture!