You’ve spent time choosing your lovely outdoor furniture and obviously you want it to last as long as possible. How can you protect it through the different seasons? If it's just a matter of a few days of rain, then take the cushions indoors while it lasts and shake off the rain when it stops. Use our garden furniture’s free outdoor covers if the furniture isn't going to be used for a long period. The covers make protecting your furniture easy.

Autumn

Autumn is perhaps my favourite season – the wind, the colour of the leaves and the slight nip in the morning air. I also love the warm and still times when I can sit outside and enjoy the garden. Depending on where you live, it may not be quite time to pack all the garden furniture away. And if it is, read on.

autumn crocus. Protect

Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale). © Evelyn Simak and reused under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Thanks to the Geograph project (Geograph 545962).

Protect garden furniture in winter

Rattan garden furniture is best stored inside during the winter. First of all, wash it with soapy water, like you’ve been doing throughout the summer and allow it to dry thoroughly. Put on the covers.

Store the furniture somewhere warm and dry, like a garage or spare room, away from any damp or frost. This will avoid the growth of mould and mildew which are difficult to get rid of and can be damaging. The covers protect from dust and dirt, but ventilate the furniture from time to time by taking them off. If you can, take the covers off and put the furniture in direct sunlight. This is another way of preventing mould and mildew.

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Spring

Spring can be very variable and very few of us are strangers to March winds and April showers. Whether you want to sit outside in these months probably depends on whether you’ve got a little sun-trap or a sheltered garden. By the end of April and May, though, two signs of ‘almost summer’ have usually arrived: swallows and men in shorts! If you haven’t already done so, it’s probably time to make the decision to get the chairs and tables out from under the covers.

Crocus. Protect

Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) in Planten un Blomen, Hamburg, Germany. © L. B. Tettenborn and reused under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Summer in the garden

In most people’s book, summer should be the season of wall-to-wall enjoyment of the garden and garden furniture. Unfortunately and disappointingly, this is not always the case and the weather can sometimes be quite dire. If poor weather sets in for a long time, you might want to consider taking the furniture back inside and putting the covers back on.

Covers on at Lord's Cricket Ground. Protect

Covers on at Lord's Cricket Ground. © John Sutton and reused under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ (Thanks to the Geograph project)

Protect and look after your rattan garden furniture and it should last you a long, long time.