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Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for millions of homeowners to release their inner gardener and allow their green fingers to liven up their garden.
There is an ever-increasing number of sources for outdoor furniture, barbeques and focal features.
For some the choice has become overwhelming, but we have whittled it down to our favourite sites for kitting out a garden with the latest leisure items and offer a few tips on keeping your outdoor possessions safe.
Garden furniture has enjoyed a real boom in recent years. We’ve come a long way since the simple deckchair.
If you’re a new homeowner or just starting out, be sure to check out The Garden Furniture Centre to get ideas before looking at popular chain store alternatives.
With garden furniture the old maxim ‘you get what you pay for’ really holds. If you look after it properly, good garden furniture can last for years. On the other hand you may prefer to get cheap stuff and throw it out at the end of the season.
For general aesthetic pleasure and adding the wow factor to a certain area, garden statues are a popular option. Companies such as Wells Reclamation offer items as varied as a pair of cats to a grand cast iron cockerel, with their statues varying in price from as little as £12 up to several thousands.
Mirrors are a terrific way to create the illusion that your garden is twice its current size and a superb choice for showing off a particular element of your outside space. Primrose offer a whole host of garden mirrors at affordable prices from subtle flower’s to extravagant gate mirror illusions.
Even with the warmer weather on the horizon, it can often be chilly to sit outside in the evenings. Wood burning chimineas and fire pits not only keep you warm, but discourage bugs. La Hacienda has an excellent selection of this type of heater. For those who prefer the convenience of gas heaters there are plenty to choose from at Patio Heaters World.
No outdoor area is complete without a barbeque and it’s the one item that encourages men to take over on the cooking front. Again the choice is huge, from permanent brick-built structures through basic kettle types to state of the art gas-fired roasters with shelves and warming ovens. Planet Barbeque is a good starting point for newcomers to see what is out there.
If you’ve spent a lot of money on garden items you might want to consider installing wireless outdoor security cameras to keep it all safe from thieves and vandals. Check out Voltek to find out the best for you, or alternatively you can check your household insurance policy to check if your garden features are included or whether you need to take out extra cover.