Five tips for keeping your garden cool and shady in the summer

With the UK set to enjoy hot temperatures this August, Brits are being given tips and tricks on how to create a cool and shady spot in their garden.

Experts have created a list of quick fixes to create shade for when the sun gets a bit too much.

A heatwave is what we have all been waiting for, but often too much time in the sun can make us feel tired and lethargic, and needing to cool down.

The sun can also be very damaging to the skin so it’s important to get some time away from the direct sunlight.

A spokesperson from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “We’ve all been waiting for a bit of a heatwave, but let’s be honest, even when we’re soaking up the sun we all reach a point where we just think god I need to cool down.

“And as great as it is to enjoy the heat, we often forget how harmful the sun can be if we’re in direct sunlight for too long which is why it’s important to have some shady spots in the garden.

“Creating shade can be super simple and inexpensive and it’s great to have that option of still enjoying the outdoors when it’s warm but with a bit more protection from the sun.”

Ways to create shade in the garden:

Open an umbrella

Let’s get the basics out of the way. The most obvious solution to creating shade is to invest in a garden umbrella. Most garden sets will have one but if yours doesn’t you can purchase one separately, you don’t need anything fancy, just any garden umbrella that will be big enough to give you a sweet shade spot.

Consider a shade sail

Shade sails can be installed permanently or temporarily. The edges of the sail hook on to either your home, trees or posts and create a sheet above your garden, leaving the sides open to let in a cool breeze. Shade sails can be a great option if you’re looking to create a large area of shade and it will also protect you if there is any unexpected rainfall.

Draping sheets

If you already have a garden umbrella, another way to create some more shade is to drape a sheet over it so it falls nicely down the sides. This will create a bit more of an enclosed space under the umbrella.

For the kids

If you want to keep your kids out of the direct sun a canopy will do the trick. They’re not too expensive to buy but you can also create your very own version at home by using a hula hoop, strings and a sheet.

Simply tie three long and sturdy strings around the hula hoop, spreading them out an equal distance. Bring all three strings together above the hula hoop and tie them together so that when you hold the top of the strings, the hula hoop hangs down below.

Cut a small hole in the fabric and feed it through the three strings that are tied together so that the fabric can then drape down on top of the hula hoop. Connect the top of the string to a space outdoors, a tree branch or washing line will work – and your childrens canopy will be set up.

Hanging plants

Not everyone will have a lot of natural shade from tall trees and plants in their garden. If you’re looking to create something similar, try hanging or trailing plants and place them near your seating area to block the sun. Not only will this give you a lovely shade spot but it will also add some beautiful colour to your outdoor space.

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