Getting out in the garden is great, but rain can easily ruin the whole experience. The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do in your garden to be prepared for the April showers. Even get out more in the garden during the colder and wetter months when you might not normally be as tempted to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. When it comes to sheltering your garden from the rain, there are lots of ways that you can do this, many of which are simple additions, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money, time, or effort on making permanent changes to your outdoor space. Some of the best options to consider when it comes to creating a dry and pleasant space in your garden include:
Adding an awning to your patio is a simple yet effective solution to consider when it comes to creating shelter from the rain in your outdoor space. A fixed awning can be attached directly to your wall or roof to create a shelter over your patio or another part of your garden that you don’t want to get wet. Or, if you don’t need the awning to be there the entire time and want the option to put it away when you don’t need it as the weather is dry, then a patio awning retractable can be an ideal option to consider. A patio awning retractable can be retracted manually, or you can get electronic and motorized options with a remote control that allows you to change the awning at the click of a button.
Pergola with Awning
A pergola is a great idea if you want to keep something dry that is not directly near your home and might be missed out if you add a patio awning. A pergola can be easily built to measure, or you can buy various sizes depending on what you need to fit underneath it. Pergolas are a great choice for garden seating areas, hot tubs, and more. Since they are often made from slats of wood at the top that looks amazing but is not always that effective when it comes to keeping the rain out, adding a pergola awning or roof made from a durable, clear material is a great option.
While you might associate parasols with the summertime and keeping you shaded from the sun’s heat, you can also use them when the weather is wet to keep dry in your garden. Since parasols are pretty much just huge umbrellas, the bigger and sturdier yours is, the better. While they don’t completely cover the entire area so you might find that it doesn’t keep every single drop of rain out, they can be very effective in keeping you mostly dry if there’s a shower. And they’re easy to put up and down depending on whether or not you need to use them at the time.
Do you need a temporary solution to keep everybody dry when you’ve been planning an event in your garden for ages and the weather forecast says that it’s going to rain? If that’s the case, then you might want to consider getting a gazebo. Similar to a pop-up tent, but with open sides so that people can easily walk underneath it, this is a great solution for keeping dry when the weather is wet especially if you don’t want to make any permanent additions or changes to your garden. Simply put it up when needed and fold it away for next time when you are done.
If you want to go all out and make something in your garden that’s truly special, then you might want to consider building a garden room that you can go into when it’s raining. The truth is that this doesn’t have to be too fancy or expensive; it could be something as simple as a garden shed with some comfortable seating and an outdoor heater if you like. It’s great to have for those times when the weather is very wet, but you still want to feel like you’re getting outside.
If you enjoy gardening when you spend time in your garden, then it can be frustrating when the rain gets in the way of your plans. Although there are some gardening tasks that might be best done in the rain, others will have to be put off until it is dry. Having a greenhouse in your garden can be an ideal option if you want to carry on gardening no matter the weather. Lots of plants can be planted in greenhouses and do better in them compared to being planted outside. And they can be handy for storing your gardening tools out of the rain.
Other Ways to Waterproof Your Garden
While there’s not much you can do other than putting a cover over your outdoor space completely when it comes to staying out of the rain, there are some options to consider if you want to enjoy your garden more in all weather. A good drainage system is a must, especially if you live in an area that gets heavy rain as otherwise, you could end up with serious water logging in your garden that can make it really difficult to enjoy, even if you have got something to sit underneath out of the rain. Some people go one step further and use artificial lawns instead of real turf as it’s easier to maintain and there are waterproof options available too, meaning that your lawn will still look great but won’t soak up all the moisture when it rains.
Rain can make it difficult to enjoy your outdoor space in the way that you might like to. But the good news is that there are several things that you can do to waterproof your garden or at the very least, create an outdoor space with some shelter so that you can stay warm, and dry, and enjoy the fresh air even when the weather is wet.