Use a good hedge trimmer to take back your hedges. Begin by checking that there aren’t any nesting birds in the hedge. If there are, it is illegal to disturb them so you cannot cut your hedge. If not remove any debris and identify any thick branches that your hedge trimmer may struggle to cut. Use a good sharp pair of secateurs, Gardena secateurs are highly recommended, to remove these branches before cutting.
Failing to remove these branches may mean your hedge trimmer will jam when cutting and misalign the blades breaking it. Remember not to cut the hedge back too far, leaving gaps in between the leaves. This will make the hedge look unsightly.
Now it is time for the not so fun jobs. Now the garden is looking great you need to dig out the garden chairs, table and most importantly the barbecue. They have all probably been stored in the shed or garage for the last few months so will all need a good thorough clean. Use hot soapy water to do this, before placing them in ideal spots in the garden.
Once this is done, set up the BBQ in a clear space away from any hedges and flammable objects. Ensure that there is a bucket of water at hand just in case the flames begin to get out of control. If using lighter fluid to start your BBQ, be sure not to spill any on the lawn. This can cause grass to turn brown.
Finally, it is time to add the finishing touches to your garden party. Remember to add any decorations or bunting to the windows, and wash any paths and gateways. Provide a dedicated area for guests to collect food and drink from, ensuring that mess is kept to a minimum and that there is some order to the party. Remember to provide plenty of bin bags to collect rubbish - making sure your garden still looks as good at the end of the night as it did at the beginning.