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When winter rolls around, it is so easy to retreat into your home, wrap yourself up in jumpers and blankets and completely forget about the outside. After all, it will be cold and dark.
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That does not mean, however, that you should consider the outside areas of your home to be out of bounds and untouchable until spring arrives. Here are some of the ways in which you can make the most of your home’s outside areas during the winter months.
Planting winter flowers
It may not seem like the ideal winter task, but it is important to plant the right flowers for a beautiful garden, even during the coldest part of the year. Violas and Helleborus nigers (also known as ‘The Christmas Rose’) are both popular flowers to plant during winter, as is the Cornus mas, with its eye-catching golden colour.
By gardening during the winter, you are making the most of your outdoor space, maintaining it with love and affection, as well as getting some necessary fresh air, when it would be so much easier to hibernate until the early months of the next year.
Continuing along the same theme, a worthwhile winter activity is to keep on top of all elements of your garden, ensuring leaves are raked up and swept away. Make sure you get every piece of garden furniture or equipment indoors, preferably in a garage or shed. If this is not possible, ensure it is tied down to prevent it from blowing away in high winds.
If you have any decking, be sure to keep it clean and clear of any algae or moss, as the ignoring this in winter can lead to a far greater problem and it can leave surfaces dangerously slipper. A power jet wash or the use of a stiff outdoor brush will be enough to get rid of it.
Entertaining friends and family
If you and your friends are not troubled by a little cold and actually do not mind sitting outside wrapped up in blankets, your garden can still be a prime spot in your home for entertaining. Invest in an outside heater and some blankets to ensure you stay warm.
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Traditional barbecue season might be over, but a drop in the temperature will not stop the keen chefs and, if you have a barbecue pit, there is still the opportunity to cook up a decent offering for family and friends. If a winter barbecue is not for you, however, maybe just sit and relax by a fire pit or a brazier. They are not just for summer evenings, after all, and can be perfect for roasting marshmallows or warming cold fingers.
Install bifold doors
If entertaining outside is not for you, investing in bifold doors can be a great way to ensure you are still embracing nature, without embracing the cold! Visit your nearest bifold shop to find the bifold doors that suit your home.
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