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Gardening Tips To Make Your Space More Sociable

Gardening Tips To Make Your Space More Sociable

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The garden is a place to find peace as well as socialise. It is a great space to use for hosting guests as well as having deep chats with your closest friends. There is something relaxing about your own personal outside space. If you don’t use it enough for socialising then you should. To make it a more sociable space, use the following tips.

Make it more attractive

There is nothing more off-putting than an unkempt garden. Therefore, make sure to stay on top of its maintenance to make it as attractive as possible. 

For instance, you might have an overgrown tree that is hindering your light and also growing unappealing weeds. Therefore, use a tree surgeon service to help you take good care of your garden and its health while helping your garden look more attractive. Leaving such work down to the professionals will ensure that you attain the best results, for both your garden’s appearance and the health of its greenery.

Add more warmth

You will likely want to be able to use your garden all year round and adding more warmth with the likes of a firepit will allow you to do so. They are ideal for use in any season. They are great for toasting marshmallows on warm summer nights or keeping you and your guests warm on frosty days.

Furthermore, you can enhance your gardens warmth by adding soft furnishings such as blankets and cushions. These will make the space more inviting and comfortable, as well as warmer. 

Create a seating area

Speaking of blankets and cushions, you will need something comfortable to put them on. Therefore, creating a seating area that is dedicated and welcoming to social occasions is key if you want your garden to be more sociable

You could add benches, sofas, or individual chairs to a dedicated space to encourage yourself and your guests to gather there.

Dine AL Fresco

No matter the season, it is always possible to dine al fresco. Dining outside will help you make more use of your space. 

Whether you want to host nibbles or a BBQ, you can do so outside and ensure to use the space for socialising with your guests. 

Offer shelter

The summer or the winter may result in people wanting shelter. Adding a gazebo or sheltered roof will ensure that you and your guests can seek shelter from the hot sun or the rain. 

A shelter is as important as warmth as people will need it to feel comfortable sitting and socialising in the garden. 

Create a centrepiece

To encourage people to gather together, it can be useful to create a garden centrepiece. A table or some comfortable seating will likely make guests gravitate towards that area. 

The centerpiece could change every season depending on people’s needs. For instance, you could place the fire pit in the middle for the colder months so that people can stay warm while socialising and spending more time in your garden. 

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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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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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Making Your Backyard A Functional Space

Making Your Backyard a Functional Space

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Many of us neglect our backyards. The majority of our focus when it comes to our properties lies on the maintenance and improvement of our interiors. While this makes sense (seeing as we tend to spend more of our time indoors than outdoors), it’s also a shame that we tend to let the potential of our outdoor spaces go to such waste. After all, with a little work and dedication, our backyards could prove to be accommodating areas where we could spend plenty of time enjoying ourselves. So, it’s time to make a change! Here are a few different things that you can do in order to make your backyard a truly functional space!

Invest in Seating

If you intend to spend time in your backyard, your first focus should be seating. Why? Well, you’re only going to stay outdoors for so long if you have to stand the whole time. Your legs will quickly become weary and you’ll retreat indoors to the comfort of your sofa. If you have outdoor seating options, you can spend hours at a time away from the interiors of your property. If you want to go cheap, a standard plastic garden chair will do. However, these are likely to crack or break with extended use. Preferable options include deck chairs, wooden garden tables and chairs, or even outdoor suites that will have comfortable cushions.

Create Cover

While you may want to spend more time outdoors, you may not necessarily want to be exposed to the elements at all times. The good news is that you can consider covered decks, which will allow you to sit outside while providing you with a form of shelter at the same time. This way, you really can have your cake and eat it!

Invest in a BBQ

When it’s hot out, nobody wants to be slaving away over a hot stove in a sweaty kitchen. So why not take your culinary skills outdoors? A BBQ is great for all sorts of occasions. Whether you’re just feeding the family or are entertaining more guests. It allows you to make food while still engaging with all the fun that’s happening outside. Now, there are plenty of disposable BBQs out there, but it’s easy to under-cook food on them and difficult to feed more than a couple of people at a time. Instead, you should invest in a high quality gas BBQ. This will cook food more evenly and can cook sufficient amounts of food to feed your whole family plus guests all at once. If you don’t want to leave it out all of the time, consider options with wheels that can be wheeled into a shed or another storage space while it’s not being used.

Consider Your Lighting Options

Most families will have some sort of security light installed in their backyard. This will light up whenever a person or animal steps foot in your garden, adding a sense of security to your property, as the burst of light will generally cause the trespasser to flee. However, if you intend to spend time outdoors in the evenings, you may want to look into alternative outdoor lighting options. There are plenty on the market. For a subtle glow, solar-powered lights are great, as are outdoor fairy lights. However, you cannot entirely depend on them for constant and bright source of light. If you want something a little higher power, consider spotlights that can be installed by a professional throughout your outdoor space.

Provide Heating

What use is having great lighting options if nobody can spend time outside once the sun has set due to the temperature dropping? Well, there are plenty of options on the market that specialise in providing heat for those who want to spend time in their gardens later into the evening. One options are chimineas. These have gained a lot of popularity in the last decade or so and have been incorporated into tens of thousands of backyards as a result. They can be placed on your patio and will burn wood for hours on end. They are generally freestanding and made from clay, so are resistant to most weather conditions. While you may want to tuck it away in a shed for storage in the winter, it should never be used in any enclosed space. They have vertical vents which means smoke is exuded through the top and shouldn’t pose the problem that open fires often have of smoke blowing in your face. A second option is a fire-pit. This is a more permanent installation that you might want to try out if you find that the chiminea isn’t quite living up to your expectations. Fire pits can be larger and will provide heat for a larger number of people.

Keeping On Top of the Lawn

If you’re going to spend more time outdoors, you need to manage the lawn correctly. If the grass is of a manageable length, you may be able to simply run the mower over it. But if they are long and reaching part way up your calves, you have a bit more of a job on your hands. Your first responsibility when dealing with long grass is to check for debris. You don’t want to run the lawnmower over anything other than grass, so pick up any litter, rocks, or chunks of other materials. Once everything’s clear, you may want to use a strimmer to hack the grass down to a manageable length. Finally, run the lawn mower over the whole green expanse and you should have a wonderful lawn in no time. Rake up the cuttings and you’re good to go! If you want a particularly neat finish, you can run the strimmer around corners and hard to reach areas too.

As you can see, making your backyard a functional space is going to take a little planning, hard work, time, effort, and investment. But you don’t have to carry out all of these changes at once. You can implement one alteration or improvement at a time and slowly transform your outdoor space into an area that you, your family, and your loved ones will actively want to spend time in. So, start making some small changes today and your backyard will be the talk of the town in next to no time!

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Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Most of us have gardens that we have no clue what to do with. We usually mow the lawn, add new plants, maybe use the shed and sometimes lounge in the garden, but there are times when it can feel rather dull, empty and frankly a waste of space. It can also be expensive to keep maintained; a gardener doesn’t come cheap and time is money, meaning we can’t always be at home to spend hours on cutting grass and trimming hedges.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise that is full of fun, excitement and also practicality. Below are a bunch of different ideas that will inspire you to do something productive with your garden. Be warned, however, as some of these can be time-consuming DIY projects or expensive renovations. But rest assured, they are all worth every single penny and will give you plenty of reason to spend more time in your garden.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Playground for your kids

If you have children living with you, then you can turn your garden into a private playground for them. Install things like a swing under a tree, a climbing frame, slides, and other fun playground apparatus. The size of your garden is going to have a huge impact on what you can install. If you have a fairly large garden, you could even install a mini golf course that you can indulge in as well. Some very basic playground additions are basketball hoops and goal posts for football. They provide plenty of fun all the way from their toddler years to when they become a teenager and they’re very low maintenance. If you plan to build playground apparatus such as slides and swings, then remember that you’ll need to get rid of them when your child is too big or grown up to play on them. Check out this fantastic article at https://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ for some brilliant DIY plans for an outdoor playground.

Vegetable garden for you

If you’re interested in living a green lifestyle by growing your own fruits and vegetables, then there’s nothing like growing them in your own backyard. With the help of a greenhouse, you’ll be able to grow pretty much anything that you want assuming your climate supports it. In addition to growing just fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on and cook with, you can also grow beautiful plants to decorate your house with or send to friends as gifts. Building your own greenhouse is very possible, but if you’d prefer something pre-made then take a look at https://www.swgreenhouses.co.uk/wooden-greenhouses.html for some great pre-built greenhouses that come with installation services. It’ll save you plenty of time and you won’t need to learn how to build your own greenhouse. There’s nothing quite like plucking some fresh herbs and vegetables from your own backyard, so this is definitely a life-changing home improvement!

Rest and relaxation

Our gardens can become tranquil paradises that are full of relaxing things. Perhaps something simple like a water feature could relax your mood and help you de-stress, or maybe some comfortable garden furniture will be enough to help you unwind. Garden furniture can be luxurious instead of being those boring plastic chairs and table. If you want a bit of inspiration to help you out, take a look at this article from http://www.lovingoutdoorliving.com/blog/category/outdoor-furniture/. There’s plenty of ideas that include luxury weatherproof chairs and tables, and they’ll add a new dimension of comfort to your garden that you never knew was possible.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Hobby area for everyone

Depending on what your hobbies are, there’s always room for them in your garden. Perhaps you and your kids love to get messy with arts and crafts, such as spray painting and clay modelling. If you do it outside, it’s easier to clean up and the fumes from spray paints won’t spread around the home or stick to furniture and walls. It’s a good idea to designate an area on your patio or in your garden for arts and crafts if that’s your hobby. You might also think about renting chickens for the sake of harvesting their eggs. Services like https://rentachicken.co.uk/ allow you to raise chickens that will eventually lay eggs that you can harvest. These require quite a bit of space, but that’s not a problem if you have an empty garden that isn’t seeing much use. Raising chickens can be quite tough, however, and it’s something that will require a lot of attention, but if the lure of fresh eggs is tempting enough, then you should definitely consider it.

Swimming pool for health and fun

Building your own swimming pool takes a lot of work and there are many considerations. A raised swimming pool takes a lot less work because it means less digging, but an in-ground swimming pool can be a fantastic alternative if you have planning permission and enough space. Swimming pools are fantastic for both your health and enjoyment and they create great centerpieces for people who want to throw pool parties. Owning a swimming pool does take a lot of work—it’s not something that you can just buy and forget about. You need to clean out the water, you need to ensure the pool is safe and you need accessories to go with it like a pool cover.

Grill area for parties

Lastly, we can’t forget about outdoor kitchens. Even if it’s just a simple grill to cook up meats and vegetables on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect appliance to enjoy the outdoors more often. With summer coming up, there’s even more motivation to get outside more because cooking indoors will spread heat throughout the house and make it unbearable to live in. Make sure you have a luxury set of furniture to go with it and learn some delicious barbecue recipes. This makes it great to hang out with your family members and invite friends over for parties, and there’s nothing like relaxing with loved ones on a summer day as the grill is on and drinks are being served.

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Create your very own home from home

create your very own home from home

Create your very own home from home

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees, there lives a…..

How would you finish the verse to that song when thinking of your own garden? Would it be, a lot of debris? A few old rusty spades and rakes perhaps? Or maybe you’re already on top of your spring gardening and you can proudly finish that sentence with a newly varnished garden seat or the children’s new swing set.

Well what if you could finish that sentence with your very own garden log cabin? I know, it sounds rather grand doesn’t it and it is. Garden log cabins are the new summer-house and they are the ultimate way to create a home from home in your garden.

So if you’re looking to really rev up your garden this year your very own garden log cabin could be just the ticket.

Location, Location, Location

So first things first. Before stomping down to your local garden centre and picking the first one that takes your fancy, look around your garden and think about the best place you could put it. Take into consideration things such as the areas that get a good amount of sun throughout the day and where you will have the nicest view of the garden. Then take measurements in order to understand the dimensions your garden can accommodate.

Research

The internet is a good place to start looking at the different varieties of garden log cabins. So spend some time looking through the different styles and sizes that would best fit in your allocated space. Then start to think about what you would want to do with the interior space. These cabins are surprisingly spacious so start to think about how you would want to decorate them and the overall style that would want to create.

Decorate

So then comes the fun part. As your log cabin will be the perfect space for entertaining your friends you’re going to want to show it off with pride. Maybe you want to go for a theme, like a beach-side hut style with nautical stripes cushions, relaxing shells with a picnic table as your dining table. Or maybe you want to wow your friends with a contemporary, chic look by adorning the walls with large mirrors and kitting it out with large leather sofas and a mini bar.

Extend Outwards

You don’t have to stop with the interior either, you can even go one step further and create a patio area in front of the cabin where you can put additional chairs and tables to create extra space. Decorating the exterior of the cabin with lanterns or fairy lights will really bring your cabin to life in the evenings. Candles and other mood lighting will make your log cabin look cosy and romantic and the perfect place to enjoy the balmy summer evenings. Experiment with the details and choose colours that complement those already in your garden. Then step back and admire your handy work. Your enchanted ‘home from home’ nestled away in the bottom of your garden.

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Allotment

Preparing to grow our own

preparing to grow our own

Preparing to grow our own

Growing our own fruit and vegetables is something we have always wanted to do but have never really gotten round to it. In our house we all love our fruit and vegetables so I don’t know why we haven’t really.

We have recently moved house so we thought whilst the design of the garden is currently being discussed now would be the best time to section some of the garden off for a little allotment area to grow our fruit and vegetables.

We have always been a believer that home-grown is best, well let’s face it you can’t get any fresher or healthier. Home-grown is also a great money saver too so it ticks the right boxes for us.

Making good use of garden space

When we thought about how much money we spend on our fruit and vegetables – OK they are not expensive and are definitely cheap enough to buy but still it is still a continuous outlay that all adds up. We have the space to grow our own so it seems silly spending out when we can grow a saving and a healthier lifestyle. We are certainly looking forward to seeing a reduction in our never-ending food bill.

OK our garden isn’t massive but most things can be grown in pots anyway so what we can’t get in the ground can be grown in pots. We are a novice when it comes to home-grown so we are currently starting from scratch and learning as we go along. Admittedly we have been watching garden programs and chatting to professionals seeking much-needed help and advice. We are going to start out small and add to our allotment when our confidence increases.

Growing our own I will admit has been rather daunting but we are enjoying it and we are finding it rather rewarding. We all look forward to getting up in the morning and checking how much things have grown – it’s rather exciting!

So far we have:

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Tomatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Peaches

We would also like to add:

  • Courgettes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Carrots

At a later date and then build up from there. Our garden is a work in progress at the moment and we currently have things in pots but they will eventually/hopefully be in the ground very soon once the garden design is complete.

Have you ever grown your own fruit or veg? what advice could you give us to help?