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How To Enjoy Your Garden All Year Round

How To Enjoy Your Garden All Year Round

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As winter rolls around and the nights draw in the time spent outdoors greatly decreases and instead more and more time is spent within the confines of your fours walls. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. If you have an outdoor space then there is nothing stopping you from enjoying it all year round. Here are some ways in which you can make the most out of your garden month after month. 

Make it comfortable

Comfort is king. If you want to sit and enjoy a space wherever that space may be you want it to be comfortable. Fortunately, the days of white plastic garden furniture are long gone and outdoor seating has been replaced with rattan, cushions and loungers. On a hot summers day sit back and relax on your sun lounger and in the winter bring out the thick blankets and snuggle up on your large comfortable rattan furniture. 

Add a shelter 

Shelters are a great addition to any garden for every season. They provide shade in the summer, warmth in the winter and somewhere to hide from the rain in between. You could opt for a pergola covered with a natural shelter of foliage and flowers or an awning or outhouse. Shelters come in many shapes and sizes and for all budgets, whether you choose temporary fold up gazebos or oak frame kits to create the look and feel you want; investing in a shelter is one of the best ways to ensure you can use your garden all year round. 

Light it up

It’s well known that with the winter comes darker nights and if you want to enjoy your garden on a winters evening then chances are you will be sitting in the dark. The right garden lighting can transform the environment and experience so ensuring there is ample and adequate lighting all year round is a must. Just because you are outside doesn’t mean you need bright and harsh lights, instead, keep it soft and serene with warm low lighting to subtly illuminate the outdoor space. 

Think about the season, and accessorise accordingly

Enjoying your garden all year round brings with it a number of seasonal considerations you will need to make. In the summer you may want to ensure you have mosquito-repelling candles or burners, together with ample amounts of suncream and potentially anti-histamine. In the darker and colder winter months then outdoor heaters and blankets are a must.

Make it social  

As with anything getting more people involved and creating a social event is a great way to enjoy a space, whatever the weather. Use your garden as an extra room to socialise in, have a fire pit party and toast smores and enjoy sparklers with the family. Hang fairy lights from your pergola, fire up the pizza oven and invite guests around for an outdoor pizza feast. If you have decent seating, appropriate shelter and good lighting you can enjoy a social event in your garden all year round. 

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How To Make Your Garden More Family Friendly

How To Make Your Garden More Family Friendly

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Gardens are fast becoming the heart of the home as we are being told to take our socialising outdoors but when you are a family compromised of adults and children, creating the perfect space for everyone is no mean feat. That’s not to say it’s impossible. Gardens up and down the country have been undergoing makeovers and transformations as we seek to spend more time in our back garden than ever before. Here are a few simple ways you can make your garden more family-friendly.

Bring inside outside

Whilst the summer sun can be glorious, it can also be dangerous, especially for young skin. Having space in a garden where young and old can take some time to cool down and get out of the summer sun without going inside is key for making any garden family-friendly. Investing in a veranda gives your garden an extra space that can be fully protected from the suns rays but still giving you that fresh air. Whether you use it for an outdoor seating area, dining area or even play area, verandas are available with customisable sunshading allowing you to choose as and when you want to keep the sun out.

Play equipment

Factoring in children’s play equipment is unavoidable when creating the ultimate family-friendly garden, but you can enhance the aesthetics. Opting to have the trampoline at ground level, is an excellent way of avoiding the eyesore that above-ground trampolines can be. Oh and you won’t have to keep moving it around the garden to protect the grass.

Another great idea is to introduce zoning for this play equipment. Instead of having swings, slides and football nets all over the garden, where you can, fence off a zone or section of the garden dedicated to the children’s play equipment. Think of it as an outdoor playroom that will not only give them a sense of ownership and personal space but help keep clutter down and the garden tidy. 

Maintenance 

Maintaining or improving a garden can be laborious but the results are aesthetic and practical. Keeping the grass short will make it softer for small knees to fall on. Long grass can be itchy and uncomfortable, especially for hayfever or allergy sufferers. Well kept grass also makes a garden look fresher and more inviting. Keeping hedges trimmed, especially those with thorns and prickles, will help keep little arms from scratches. Pulling weeds will prevent tiny feet from standing on uncomfortable spikes, and hanging trees need to be cut back. Don’t forget all of these jobs require tools, often dangerous ones at that so be sure to keep them locked away safely to ensure your garden remains family-friendly. 

If maintenance isn’t really your thing, consider laying some turf. It is low maintenance and hard wearing. It is also perfect for outdoor use year round as it won’t get muddy in heavy rainfall. Ideal for playing ball sports out in the garden after a night of heavy rain. 

Seating for all

Finally don’t forget outdoor seating comes in all shapes and sizes. Adding outdoor seating for the whole family, whether it be beanbags, loungers or mini camping chairs is a great low-cost way to include every member of the family. 

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How To Prepare Your Garden When Selling Your Home

How To Prepare Your Garden When Selling Your Home

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When you’re ready to put your property on the market to sell it, you will probably have carried out a range of different jobs inside it. From touching up the paintwork to installing a new bathroom, the list of jobs that will benefit you and help to sell your home faster and ideally for more money is sure to be a long one. 

Yet one more thing to add to that list, something that is so often forgotten when it comes to preparing your home for sale, is the back garden. If you don’t use it very much, can’t see it too well from the house, or just don’t consider it to be part of your home because it’s outside, you might not get it ready when you want to sell, and that can be a big mistake; just because you don’t use it or think it’s important, a potential buyer might. And if they see there is work to do in the yard, this could put them off making an offer, or they might want to pay less. 

With that in mind, here are some tips to get your garden looking just right so that it helps with your house sale and doesn’t hinder it. 

Use A Landscaper 

One of the best things you can do to make sure your garden looks at its very best before you put your home on the market is to engage a landscaping company to do the work for you. Knowing the different landscaping trends, understanding what kinds of plants will work in your particular back garden, being able to work quickly and effectively, and design something truly beautiful, this will all be beneficial when you are selling your home.

Although it will cost something to have professionals work on your garden, the difference it can make will certainly be worth the money. Plus, if your garden looks good it will show buyers you take care of the property and they will be less concerned with any jobs they’ll need to do when they move in. 

Install Lighting 

Lighting can make a big difference in your back garden, whether it is installed for aesthetic reasons or security. Placing some solar lights along a path is a simple task but one that will offer you a gorgeous looking result, and having motion-detecting lights close to the property will help to keep future buyers feeling safe. Even some fairy lights in a tree will boost your garden from ordinary to something special. 

Plus, if you’ve worked hard on your garden (or a landscaper has), you’ll want to see it for longer, or maybe even sit outside into the evening; your lights will allow this to happen, and they will show any potential buyers the kind of life they could be living if they were to buy your property. 

Sheds And Outbuildings 

If you have any sheds, outbuildings, greenhouses, or garages in your garden, make sure you spruce them up for the same too. Varnishing them or putting on a new coat of exterior paint could be a good option, as it will make the building look much newer and well cared for. The inside should be cleaned out where possible and repairs, if needed, must be made. 

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How To Upgrade Your Garden To Create A More Luxurious Space

How To Upgrade Your Garden To Create A More Luxurious Space

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When you walk outside into your garden how do you feel? Do you find that the space instantly relaxes you or do you spend time thinking about how you would like the space to be? The fact is that if you’re not happy with your garden as it is, then you will never be able to completely relax while you’re outside. That’s why, if you’re not completely happy with your garden and its design, it’s a good idea that you take the time to think about how you could upgrade and overhaul the space. 

If you want to create somewhere that you can relax and unwind in, it’s important that you think about how you can upgrade the space. Believe it or not, adding a little bit of luxury to your garden is far simpler than you might think; it’s just a case of working out what you wish your garden had and creating an outdoor space that mimics some of the features of your dream garden. 

Wondering what steps you can take to upgrade and overhaul your garden to create a more luxurious space? Below are a few tips and ideas to take note and think about incorporating into your space! 

Get inspired 

The first step to creating a beautifully luxurious garden and making your design dreams a reality is to take the time to get inspired. A great way to work out what kind of space you might like is to do some browsing of garden design ideas – you can find lots of sources of inspiration online. Pinterest, for instance, is a great resource for coming up with design ideas – you can even save your favourite ideas onto a mood board to refer to later on. 

Incorporate focus features 

It’s always a good idea to create focal points within your garden; this means taking your time to think about what kinds of focal points you might want to create. It might be that you want to build your whole garden around a hot tub and outdoor seating area, for instance, and you need some outdoor seating ideas for that. Or, it might be that you want to build your whole garden around a relaxation space or an impressive decked area. It’s up to you what your focal point is – pick something that you feel a synergy with. 

Don’t forget the little things 

When it comes to your garden upgrade, it is important not to forget the little things. Often, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference to the look and feel of your garden, which is why it’s so important to take the time to incorporate them into the space. You want to think about features such as lighting, outdoor decor, and outdoor features such as waterproof furniture cushions or a waterproof rug for your deck. It really is the little things that make the biggest difference when it comes to the look and feel of a space. 

Hopefully, the ideas above will help you to create a more luxurious garden that you enjoy spending time in. 

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Apps To Create A Beautiful Garden

6 Apps To Create A Beautiful Garden
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With the right maintenance, your garden can be one of the most beautiful spaces of your home. Perhaps you’re new to gardening as a hobby, and you’re looking to learn the ropes? Getting into gardening won’t just improve your home, but it will improve your well being at the same time. With these applications, you’ll have all the tips and support you need to create a beautiful garden.

1. My Garden Organizer 

My Garden Organizer is an app to help you design and manage your vegetable garden. Using this app, you’ll always remember which cultivars you’ve planted and learn how to make the most of your vegetable patch. When you first start using the app, you can create a list of all your different vegetable beds; when you click ‘add bed,’ you can set the correct dimensions. Input the name, planting date and cultivar to keep track of your progress. To give your garden a makeover the My Garden Organizer app is just what you need.

2. Flower Checker

Flower checker is a great application that helps you identify plants. First, you snap a picture of the plant, next you send it to the flower-checker experts who will identify it. Gardening is all about learning new things, and if you’ve got some wildflowers and plants growing, it’s useful to know what they are. With the flowerchecker app, you’ll never mistake a weed and a plant again! Flowerchecker is useful if you enjoy foraging and need to check if a plant is safe or not. After a short while using this app, you’ll become a flower-checking pro!

3. Garden Plan Pro

With Garden Plan Pro, you can design your perfect vegetable garden with lots of tools and tips to help you. The application is suitable for any kind of garden, whether you’re using raised beds, containers, or rows. Garden Plan Pro has growing info for hundreds of plants, plenty of recommendations, and info about harvest dates. You’ll find content to help you keep pests under control and learn how to produce a fruitful harvest!

4. Veggie Garden Planner

Veggie Garden Planner is the tool you need to create the perfect vegetable patch. Using the app, you’ll learn about plant distancing, sowing times, neighboring plants, and more. Whether you’re looking to learn about crop rotations, or which vegetables are in season, you’ll find all that you need here.

5. Moon and Garden

Moon & Garden helps you to use a lunar approach to planting your fruits, vegetables, and herbs. With the biodynamic method, this application uses phases of the moon to help you look after your garden. The idea is that successful sowing, harvesting, and transplanting depends on lunar cycles. You’ll receive info about the moon phase, zodiac signs, and the weather.

Garden work never ends, there’s always maintenance ongoing, (and sometimes we just don’t have the time)! For further support with your garden, consider using a grounds maintenance service. A Grounds maintenance professional can help you with everything from your pruning and weed control to your grass cutting and beautiful landscaping.

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Giving Your Garden A Makeover

Giving Your Garden A Makeover

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Whether you’re green fingered or not, the garden is always an area that is worth investing some of your time. After all, when you want to enjoy the weather, it makes sense to create an outdoor space that you can utilise and enjoy for many years to come.

You may have lived in your house for many years or have moved into a new property and have consequently inherited a neglected garden or one that is not designed to your taste or in a practical way.  It can sometimes be hard to envisage the potential that your outdoor space has, so it’s always worth a look around online to get some inspiration from what other people have done to their gardens and outdoor space.

No matter how your garden currently looks, it can be converted into a space that really suits your style and matches your vision of the perfect garden. From stripping down overgrown shrubs and trees to building new features and adding greenery, we take care of every step of the process.

Many factors will come down to a details such as:

The size and shape of your garden

If you have a small garden, then you will really be looking to maximise the space and clear away any obstacles that are not working. There might be trees that are blocking natural sunlight or a space that could be better used. Some jobs might be too big to tackle on your own though and this is where you will need the services of tree surgeons like the Sydney Tree Company who can remove trees and arrange for their removal too.

Your budget

Before you start planning your garden design and reconfiguration, you need to be looking at how much money you have to spend on the project. Once you start looking at costs, then you’ll get a clearer idea of what your priorities are and what you can achieve with the amount you have in mind. It will help clarify what the essential changes are and what the ‘nice to have’ changes will be.

The functions of the garden

You need to be clear on what you intend to use your garden for. If you spend a lot of time in your garden, then it makes sense to get it to the way that you envisage, as much as possible. If you’re used to entertaining and plan to use your garden for socialising, then it’s functionality is of paramount importance.  You will need a space that can accommodate more people, as well as planning out seating areas for everyone’s comfort.

If your garden is going to be used primarily for kids playing, then you might want to consider what might be more sustainable for the upkeep. You might not want delicate plants and flowers in places where they might get trampled on, and you also might want a grassed or and are with artificial grass for the kids to play freely, without any hazards such as raised beds that can easily be tripped over.

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Caring for Your Backyard: 6 Signs It May Be Time to Remove a Tree

Caring for Your Backyard: 6 Signs It May Be Time to Remove a Tree

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Trees are a valuable addition to any property. They offer protection, define a homeowner’s property line, and are beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

With all these benefits, it makes sense that someone may be hesitant to remove a tree from their landscape. However, sometimes, there’s no other option. Get to know some of the main signs it is time to remove a tree and call tuckerenterprise.com for help here.

1. Branches Hanging Over the Property or a Structure

A clear sign it is time to have a tree removed is if the branches have started to overhang on a person’s property or their home. If this branch happens to break off during a storm, it may fall and cause significant damage. Having to repair a roof can be extremely expensive and having a tree removed is a much more affordable process.

2. A Diseased Tree

If there’s a sick tree on the property, it is dangerous. A tree that shows signs of a disease needs to be treated or removed completely to keep it from falling on the property. When considering the health of a tree, look for certain signs, such as discolored or yellow leaves, weak branches, rotting branches, or rotten roots. Disease will make a tree vulnerable to additional infections and problems.

3. Fungus on the Tree

Usually, the growth of fungus is a sign that the tree isn’t healthy. A person will notice things like mushrooms near the base of the tree or on the trunk. This indicates there are parts of the tree that have begun to rot, and it may not be safe to leave them in place, as it may pose a hazard to structures and people.

4. The Presence of Pests

Trees are habitats for animals and birds. However, there are some situations where the animals that make their home in a tree are actually annoying and potentially dangerous. If there is a tree that is attracting worms, scorpions, or rodents, it may be causing more harm than good. This is particularly problematic in a tree that produces fruit or one that is diseased. If a pest finds its way into a nearby structure, there will be a bigger problem than just removing the tree.

5. Invasive Roots

All trees have roots that will go vertically into the ground and ones that grow horizontally. The horizontal, also called the secondary roots, can prove to be intrusive on any property. For example, they may begin to grow into plumbing pipes, causing a blockage, and an array of other disasters in the sewer or plumbing system. These roots also make it challenging to mow the grass.

6. The Wrong Type of Tree

Not all trees are meant to grow in every region. There are some trees that do better in areas that don’t receive too much sunlight and others grow in colder regions. If a tree is planted that isn’t meant for that climate, it won’t grow, which means it doesn’t add curb appeal to the property.

If a homeowner notices any of the above-mentioned issues on their own property, now is the time to consider having the problem tree removed. This will pay off and help ensure that a home’s curb appeal remains intact and that no other serious issues occur like the ones that have been mentioned here.

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How to Run Your Garden in a Sustainable Way

How to Run Your Garden in a Sustainable Way
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If you love your garden but wish you could get more out of it and run it in a more sustainable way, you’re not the only one. These days, more and more people are thinking about how they can create a sustainable garden. It might seem difficult to know where to start and how to get this right, but we’re here to help you out with that.

It doesn’t have to be an impossible mission and it doesn’t even have to be particularly complicated either. We’re going to talk about some of the practical steps you can take to change your garden in positive ways and ensure it becomes more sustainable and eco-friendly. Find out more below.

Use Solar Power Lighting

First of all, you should think about how you choose to light the social spaces in your garden. If you use lights powered by conventional electric, that’s not a very green or sustainable choice, especially when there are so many better and more sustainable options out there for you to consider instead. Look at solar power lighting solutions and how these might help you to light up your outdoor space in the evening using solar panels that charge a battery during the day when the lights aren’t in use.

Commit to Zero Waste

There’s no reason at all why you should be creating waste in your garden. Many people are now making the commitment to running gardens that operate on a zero waste basis. This means that absolutely nothing gets thrown in landfill and nothing goes to waste. After all, why should it? There’s something that can be done with all of the potential waste that comes out of your garden, and we’re going to talk about some of the specific ideas below.

Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own food is a must if you want to run a sustainable garden. We all need food, but why buy things from a store when you can grow them in your garden instead? It’s a way of consuming the most local of products, and means that you’re not buying food that has been transported over long distances, creating CO2 emissions in the process. Start with a small vegetable patch growing some simple produce and then grow it from there over time. It’ll offer you just what you need.

Create a Compost Heap

This is one of the ways in which you can reduce the amount of waste in your garden. All of the things that are created after weeding and pruning your garden can be thrown on a compost heap and be put to good use. It’s much better to do that than to simply allow your garden waste to go in the bin and ultimately end up in landfill. Instead, you can get some use out of it and actually benefit your garden in a big way. Your own fresh compost will enable you to revitalise your flower beds and plants later on.

Capture, Store and Use Rainwater

Why waste water when you can get all the water you need from the sky? You can use plastic water tanks to collect rainwater and then use that water to keep your flowers and plants hydrated and growing. It’s easy to set up a system like this and it’s essential to do so if you’re serious about making your garden more sustainable and eco-friendly. There are guides out there that’ll help you with putting a tank system in place, so make the most of them. You won’t regret it.

Avoid All Chemicals

There’s no reason why you need to use garden products that are packed full of chemicals. It’s simply not necessary and there are so many better options out there. There’s a growing number of garden products that only use clean and sustainable ingredients, and that means shunning products that are packed full of unhelpful and unhealthy chemicals. If you want to make your garden more sustainable, you should also take these kinds of steps to make it a little cleaner too.

Reuse as Many Resources as Possible

Whenever you get the chance to reuse something in your garden, you should go ahead and do that. You don’t want to be buying new items, implements, pots and tools. Plant pots can be made from all kinds of things from old cardboard crates to disused toilets. There’s no limit to the ways in which you can get creative when it comes to reusing items and putting unwanted things to new uses in your garden, so make this happen. It’ll add new character to your garden and it’ll be sustainable at the same time.

Use Native Plants That Belong in Your Garden

If you want to make sure that your garden is healthy and natural, you should use native and adapted plants. Native plants are one that grow in your location without any human input. Native plants are well suited to your location, the conditions and climate. On top of that, native plants can add a distinctive sense of place to a garden, which is always a positive thing. It’s much easier to maintain a healthy balance in your garden when you have native plants in place.

Save Your Seeds

Finally, you should always remember to save your seeds. You won’t need to buy new seeds all the time if you make use of your own. You can grow flowers or vegetables or fruit and then take the seeds and store them carefully until you want to plant more of that flower or that vegetable. It’s easy to do and it’ll benefit you massively in the long-term as you attempt to expand your garden.

If you want to run your garden in a greener and more sustainable way, these are the things you need to do. Each of these changes will be easy to implement and they’ll enable you to easily run your garden in a sustainable way. Get to work and start making these changes as soon as you can.

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3 Garden Projects That’ll Help You Deal With Boredom

3 Garden Projects That’ll Help You Deal With Boredom
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There are few things in life as annoying as being bored. When you’ve got nothing to do, then you feel like you’re just wasting the hours in a day. Boredom comes and goes at all times, but most of you are probably feeling more bored than ever right now. With strict isolation orders in place across the country, many of you are stuck at home with very little to do. 

If you have a garden, then you’re in luck!

A garden offers so many time-consuming opportunities that will keep boredom at bay. Here are a few project ideas you can start whenever you like: 

Growing the perfect lawn

This is a great project to start – particularly if your lawn is looking rough right now. We had a lot of bad weather for a few weeks, which means most people ended up with a waterlogged lawn that couldn’t be cut. Not only that, but the winter months also took their toll on your grass. Not, it’s probably a far cry from the green lusciousness that you hoped for. 


Well, now’s the time to put things right as you attempt to grow the perfect lawn. Take a look at your current garden and figure out what might be wrong with your lawn. Is it overwatered and underfed? Is it too dry? There are loads of ways to revive a dying lawn, and you can spend your time doing this.

Planting a hedge

Hedges make great additions to anyone’s garden. The great thing is, you can have a hedge in your front garden or one in the back. Think of them as tall bushes that add some extra privacy and class to your garden area. 

Now’s the time to plant a hedge if you don’t already have one. You’ve got so many different hedges to plant, and hedgeplants-heijnen can show you some of the best options. The key is to ensure your hedges grow nice and tall and remain neat and tidy. If you already have hedges in your garden, then use this time to tend to them. Perhaps you could even look at some awesome hedge cutting designs to try out? 

Creating a flowerbed

For me, adding a flowerbed to your garden is a great way to make it more bright and peaceful. The addition of colours can liven up the place, and the scents from the flowers really boost your mood. Plus, it’s an enjoyable task going outside and preparing a flowerbed then planting all your flowers and watching them blossom!

The great thing is, you have to go out pretty much every day to spend time looking at the flowers and ensuring they’re on the right path. So, boredom is a thing of the past. 

Take full advantage of your garden if you’re struggling to think of ways to pass the time. When you start making an effort, you suddenly realise how much work goes into looking after your garden spaces. Loads of projects present themselves to you, but these three are great places to start. 

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Closer to Nature: 3 Ways to Turn Your Garden into a Peaceful Haven

Closer to Nature: 3 Ways to Turn Your Garden into a Peaceful Haven

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Why bother planting a garden or paying to have a landscape company install a beautiful landscape around your property if you can’t enjoy it? A garden or landscaped lot should be a place for relaxing and contemplation. It must include healthy trees and plants, visual beauty, and comfortable seating options. A successful landscape and garden must be properly maintained to ensure the health and longevity of the plantings and to remain an attractive place to spend time. Some people love puttering in the garden, but others don’t have the time or inclination to care for their landscape themselves and hire competent landscape companies to do the job.

Building a Contemplative, Relaxing Garden

Those who would like a nice place to relax and unwind outside can choose a place in the back yard to develop or improve. If the budget allows, hire a local landscaper to evaluate the area and give you a plan for the perfect garden to install and enjoy. Give this expert a budget and a list of favorite trees and flowers to use. Also, give him or her a list of plants and trees you do not like.

If there are already trees or shrubs in the back yard, hire a Tree and Shrub Pruning service to get them in shape. They can be the anchor for the new garden. A good landscape company can test the soil and upgrade it to accommodate the new plantings so they can thrive. Paths can be constructed to allow easy access to different areas, water features can be installed, comfortable seating can be incorporated. Then the plantings can be installed to add color and interest to the garden.

Do You Want a Wild-Life Friendly Garden?

Decide if the garden is going to be just for people or if at least part of the garden can be wildlife-friendly. Some people like to watch animals feeding and hear the birds singing. Five steps to accomplish an animal-friendly area include: setting up a feeding station, providing water, making the area accessible to animals, leaving a corner untouched and wild, and cooperating with willing neighbors to link gardens for a larger animal area. If areas are separated by a fence, a small opening could be cut in the bottom to allow small animals to enter.

A Quiet, Contemplative Garden Spot

Choose the spot to install your relaxing, private garden spot and concentrate your efforts and budget there. On your own or with a landscaper’s help, divide the space into grass areas and flowerbeds with paths between and a seating area with a full view. Choose easy-care perennials for the long-run and some splashy annuals to change every year as your whim dictates. This way the garden will always have attractive plants, yet will change each year to remain interesting.

Work with existing trees to save a little money but add some new flowering varieties that do well in your area. Fruit trees provide beauty and some healthy fruit every summer. Consider having some seating and a small table in the garden for summer lunches or tea. Then add some interesting lighting so the space is usable for longer times during summer and fall months.

A well-balanced garden can be enjoyed by the whole family. It should be a great place to read a favorite book, have a cup of tea or coffee, or work on a portable hobby. This type of garden is well worth money and effort.

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Garden Improvements You Should be Making Today

Garden Improvements You Should be Making Today

The garden has to rank among the most important part of any property. It is easy to get carried away with focusing on the best parts of the home and trying to boost the interior in order to add value or create better living conditions. But a lot of people these days seem to overlook the important role the garden plays in the makeup of any home and the way in which it is perceived.

You should always be looking at things you can do to improve the garden and make the property better as a result. There are a lot of things that can be done in order to improve the way your garden looks, as well as how functional it is. These are some of the best things you can do in order to improve your garden for the better and make the most of the space you have to work within.

Lawn Maintenance

It is so important, when you have a back garden, to make sure you are looking after the grass. Proper lawn maintenance is something you have to make sure you are focused on as much as possible, and there are a number of ways of achieving this. Cutting the grass and using lawn feed is one of the best things you can do, but you might also like to consider getting an artificial lawn because this is going to improve how efficient the lawn is, as well as making it easier to maintain.

Extension

Extending the home is one of the most impressive ways of doing things, and this is something that you need to make sure you are focused on when it comes to improving the home and adding value. Well, one of the things to consider is the fact that the garden provides ample opportunity for extending the home. There are a lot of different extension options you might consider, like a conservatory, or a garage conversion. And this is definitely going to increase the value of the home and improve the aesthetics of the garden moving forward.

Grow Your Own

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way of maximising your garden as much as possible. This is something you need to make sure you do to utilise the garden and what it has to offer. There are so many great fruits and vegetables that you can grow, and creating a miniature allotment, or installing an aluminium greenhouse, is one of the best ideas for the future. This is something that can provide you with a lot of delicious organic food that doesn’t cost you much.

Water Feature

There are so many excellent ways of improving the garden, but a water feature is probably one of the best ways of achieving this. There are a lot of different options to consider when it comes to improving the garden and using a water feature to do this. Whether it is a fountain, a pond, or even a swimming pool, it is important that you make sure you choose correctly, and this is something that you have to make sure you think carefully about.

Make it More Sociable

The best way of making sure you improve your garden is to make it more sociable. This is something you have to ensure you do in order to make certain you have a garden that contains some wow factor. This is something you can achieve by adding in some seating areas, building a patio, and developing an area where you can host parties and hang out with your friends.

Flowers

No proper garden would be complete without lots of colourful and diverse flowers. There are plenty of places to plant flowers in order to give them the best visual position in the garden. Creating a flower garden would be a plus, and flower beds are an absolute must for those looking to get more flowers into their garden. Try to mix up the different flowers you have, and go for a mixture of colours as much as you possibly can. Make sure you do as much as you can to make your garden better.

There are so many changes you can make to enhance the practicality and functionality of the garden, as well as making it look great as well. The garden can have a major impact on the rest of the home, and this is something that you need to focus on as much as possible. There are a lot of changes you can make that are going to help you improve the way your garden comes across, and these are some of the most important that you should consider.

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Why You Don’t Need Green Fingers To Achieve A Perfect Garden

Why You Don't Need Green Fingers for a garden

Ways To Achieve A Perfect Garden

You may look through your French doors at the rear of your humble abode and feel your heart sink just a little bit. The outside space that makes up your back garden might be overgrown, full of weeds and jungle-like. You might have dreams of creating a well-coiffed patch of greenery to call your own. There’s only one problem; you don’t have a single horticultural bone in your body. You don’t know your fuchsias from your foxgloves or your primroses from your pansies. Instead of worrying about the types of shrubbery, flora, and fauna you might select for your back garden, why not transform your outside space into something totally different. You don’t have to succumb to a lawn, borders and a garden shed. Instead, think about creating a more unique outside area for your pad.

Zones

It always pays to create set zones within your garden. This means you can utilise your outside area in the best way for you. If you have no inclination to grow your own tomatoes, chilli plants or rhubarb, then don’t bother. Instead, lay some decking for an al fresco dining space complete with outside heater and barbecue. Consider installing one of the many styles of patios that are available. You could enjoy a gable roof patio, some traditional brick groundwork or a more exclusive shale base. You could couple your patio and decking with a rockery, a patch of lawn or some elevated gabion walls. Clear zones will help you construct the perfect space for your entire brood.

Water Features

If you are after a relaxing space in which to unwind after a particularly stressful day at work, consider installing a water feature in your garden area. The sound and sight of water has a calming effect and can elevate a boring garden into something much more special. You might want to select a giant gravity defying water orb, a more traditional fountain or a multi level mini waterfall. Select a feature that you will enjoy looking at every day and keep in mind the sort of water sounds you want to listen to when you are outside relaxing in your garden.

Flowers

OK, so the whole notion of planting anything was going to be avoided. However, alongside your al fresco dining area, your little patch of lawn and your awned patio, you might want to see a splash of colour. While planting out some borders with the odd patch of daffodils, marigolds and sweet peas might be a stretch, you could easily experiment with a pot or two. Ceramic pots can be highly patterned, you can plant flowers that require very little hands-on care, and you may find yourself developing a newfound love for all things horticultural. You’ll be deadheading, pruning, and sowing before you know it.

Gardening itself doesn’t have to be all hard work and toil. Instead, you can create your dream garden with a splash of fauna that allows you to use your garden like another room of your home.

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Preparing our garden for summer – Top tips

Preparing our garden for summer – Top tips

Preparing our garden for summer can be enjoyable for some but for others it can seem quite a chore. With spring fastly approaching now is the time to start planning and getting our garden ready for the summer. For the past few months we have looked out at our garden and seen cold, wet, frosty wintry days so now it is time to turn our garden into somewhere we can sit and enjoy a lovely summers day.

Of course, in order to do so means lots of prep work following the winter months.

Here are our top ten ways to get our garden summer ready:

  1. Repair work. Winter storms may have damaged/weakened fences so checks are done to see if we think they will last or need changing. Our shed is also checked.
  2. Clearing out the guttering, a horrid job but it needs doing. Clearing out all leaves and moss. Whilst there we also do a check on the guttering and drain pipes, checking for any damage – this is done to prevent water damage caused by broken/blocked pipes.
  3. Checks are then done on garden tools to make sure they are in good enough condition to last another summer. Some may just need a little TLC.
  4. A rubbish clearance in then done of the garden, clearing up any leaves, litter and unwanted items from the garden.
  5. A quick check on our pot plants/baskets to see if they survived the winter. Some may need emptying and preparing for new plants.
  6. One thing we recently done was install a water-butt. Much better for watering our plants. Helps the environment and saves £s on the water bill.
  7. The big wash then takes place of all garden furniture, ornaments, patio and even the BBQ.
  8. Checks are done on lighting. In the summer months we sit outside until late into the evening so lighting is a must have. Especially mood lighting.
  9. Garden furniture is then checked and placed in position – although since last summer we have had a garden makeover so this year will be easier once we have purchased a new set.
  10. Once dry enough to do so – mow the lawn and treat/paint the fences.

Once all this is done and the warmer weather is in here we then start making up hanging baskets, planting and looking forward to some homegrown fruit and veg!

Here are some of last years fruit and vegetables.

 

 

Last year saw us doing some upcycling and turning unwanted goods into something useful in the garden.

(click on the photo to see the full post on how we made them)

An old wooden crate into a herb garden.

Upcycled project – wooden crate

Old camping saucepans into bird feeder

Upcycled saucepan

 

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5 ways to change your garden’s functionality for the better

5 Ways to Change Your Garden’s Functionality For the Better

 5 ways to change your garden’s functionality for the better

The more functional your garden is, the more useful it will be. You paid for your home’s outdoor space, so it’s only sensible to want to get the most out of it. If that’s not happening at the moment, it’s time for a few changes. This doesn’t have to be anything too drastic. Simply read on to learn about 5 of the ways in which you can change your garden’s functionality for the better.              

Plan with Privacy in Mind

Privacy matters a lot when you’re trying to make changes to your garden. You don’t want to feel like people can see you and watch you while you’re enjoying your outdoor space with your family and friends. So, always make plans and come up with design ideas while keeping privacy in mind.

Make a Space for Dining and Entertaining

Most people who spend a lot of time in their garden spend it dining or entertaining friends and family. It’s a good way to make use of your outdoor space on a regular and continued basis. So, you will need to have the right table and chairs, as well as somewhere to barbecue. You could even install a pizza often. You might even want to learn how to lay flag paving if you need to create a paved area for the dining space. Make this the focal point of your garden.

Create Zones in the Garden

Zoning is something that you should definitely be doing when you’re trying to make cool changes to your garden. Gardens can look like a jumbled up mess when they are not separated into zones. As mentioned above, you need a space for dining and entertaining. But you might also want a place for kids’ play or growing vegetables or organising your flower bed. All these things matter, and they deserve their own space.

 

Keep Paths and Walkways Simple

There is often a temptation to add too many paths and walkways in your garden when you’re trying to make it more functional. However, this is a temptation that is best avoided. Of course, you do need to have paths and walkways, but keep them simple and subtle. Don’t add paths for the sake of it; always consider the functional reasons for putting a new path or walkway in place.

Make Space for Tools

There are so many ways to create spaces for your tools in your garden. If you have a bench or table that you use for small DIY projects and repairs, you could add some hooks to the edge of the table where tools can be hung. It’s definitely one idea worth considering if you do a little gardening here and there. Having the right tools on hand can make you much more efficient as a gardener.

Your garden is nothing if it’s not functional for you and your family, so be sure to put some of these ideas into practice next time you want to make improvements to your outdoor space.

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Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

All parents should think long and hard about the way in which they use their gardens. Some people let the outdoor space overgrow because they just can’t deal with the maintenance. That is a terrible idea that could encourage complaints from the neighbors. Others slab the entire lawn, but some folks like to think outside of the box. Considering that, mothers and fathers reading this post should consider turning their garden into a fun space for the little ones. The ideas on this page should point families in the right direction. However, in most instances, you just need to use some imagination.

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Get some climbing frames and other equipment

Every healthy child likes to spend time playing outside while they’re still young. Some teenagers even feel the same way, and plenty of adults do too. So, the goal is to make the garden as fun as possible. There are lots of different types of equipment anyone could purchase and keep outside to create a multifunctional garden. However, climbing frames, slides, and swings are always a top choice. In most instances, it will only take a few minutes to put the items together and start using them. For the best prices, it’s sensible to check auction websites and online retailers. That is especially the case now we’re approaching the winter because those items tend to get a reduction.

Dig a pond and add some wildlife to the garden

Most children like to spend time learning about animals, plants, and wildlife. So, it’s sensible for parents to encourage that interest. Adding a pond to the garden is an excellent move because it means you can keep lots of exotic fish. Of course, it’s wise to take safety precautions and ensure the kids can’t fall into the water. Also, in built-up areas, there are going to be a lot of cats. For that reason, homeowners will have to place a net over the water to stop the animal from eating any fish. There are step-by-step guides online that explain everything you need to know. So, just conduct some research!

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Build a Wendy house (or a whatever your child’s name is house)

Building a Wendy house is a great way of encouraging the little ones to spend more time in the garden. Of course, placing something like that on the lawn is going to damage the grass. So, lots of people will decide to get some fake turf first. That’s a fantastic move because it also means those homeowners will never have to get their mower out of the shed again. The real cost of artificial grass is nowhere near as high as most folks imagine. Indeed, it’s more than possible to get the perfect solution without breaking the bank. The benefits of artificial grass include:

  • No maintenance
  • Comes in a range of shades
  • Lasts for many years

Those suggestions should help all parents to make a start when it comes to improving their gardens. However, readers know their children better than anyone else, and so everyone should make sure they create something that suits their little one’s tastes and interests. Don’t make the mistake of letting the area overgrow because it will take a lot of effort to put things right.

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