Many people spend a significant amount of cash to buy their property, and then don’t make full use of it. While most people take steps to make sure that the inside of the home is well decorated, clean, and all-around in good shape, the outside is often overlooked. This is a mistake for one simple reason: if you get it right, then the home can be the best space on the property! If your garden is currently nothing to write home about, then take a look at some of our tips below, where we outline some of the best methods for making your yard more appealing.
Clear the Clutter
If it has been some time since you last got to work in your garden, then it’s likely that there’s a lot of old junk and debris that has accumulated in there. You won’t be able to significantly improve your home until it’s gone! As well as the obvious items, the ones that don’t belong in your garden, you’ll also want to look at getting rid of any old items — such as furniture and the like — that have been sitting out in the elements too long, and now look unappealing. If you’re going to improve your garden, then it’ll be all about upgrading!
A Bit of Management
You don’t need to go overboard when it comes to making your garden beautiful. You’re not trying to win the Chelsea Flower Show. But you should take care of the basics, so that it at least looks presentable. There are a few flowers and plants you can get in the ground that require very little maintenance, and things like trimming the hedge and cutting the grass can take next to no time at all. You’ll be surprised at just how far a little bit of effort can take you. Of course, once you get going, you might find that you like having your hands in the dirt, beautifying your garden — in which case, the sky’s the limit.
It’s all good and well having a picturesque, comfort-inducing garden. But if it doesn’t feel private, then you’re going to struggle to enjoy it to the max. You might not feel all that relaxed in the outdoors if you know that all of your neighbours can see into your garden! In this case, you’ll want to take steps to make things more private: there are plenty of methods. Start by adding a hedge or a fence, a tall one, so that there’s at least something blocking the view. It’s also a good idea to add tall trees around the edge of your garden (though be aware that this can impact the amount of sunlight your yard receives). If these aren’t options, then look at “filling out” your property with plants, a shed, decorations, and so on. It won’t necessarily keep you concealed, but you’ll find that you feel less on display.
Of course, it’s one thing to have a picturesque garden, but it won’t be of much use if you’re not able to sit outside and enjoy the space. As such, one of the best ways to make your outdoor space more appealing is to set up an outdoor living area. A gable patio is a recommended option, since it’s aesthetically pleasing and will allow you to sit outside even when there’s a light drizzle. You’ll also want to invest in high-quality outdoor furniture and a BBQ, with which you’ll be able to enjoy the summer season to the max. It’s usually only once a person has created an outdoor living space that they realise just what they’ve been missing out on.
Bringing the Heat
When you’re first creating your outdoor living area, the image you’ll have will be one related to those balmy summer evenings, when you get to enjoy the cool summer air, in a comfortable chair, and with a glass of wine in your hand. And while that will come to pass, it’s also important to remember that this is the UK, and that means there’s always a chance that it won’t be as warm as you’d like (or perhaps that’s guaranteed…). As such, it’s always a good idea to have another source of heat (besides the sun) handy, so that you can sit out when it’s not quite as agreeable, temperature-wise, as you’d like. Look at adding a fire pit — it’ll give that extra layer of warmth that’ll allow you to sit out under starlight even as the temperatures begin to dip slightly.
A Zen Space
If you want to make your garden as appealing as possible, then look at the very best out there — and is there anything better than a Japanese garden? Look at adding moments of zen to your outdoor space. The easiest way to do this is to add a water feature. They can be fun (well, rewarding), and there is little like flowing water to help you to sink into a relaxed state of mind. You’ll get additional relaxation points if you add a hammock nearby, too, and also a bird feeder so that you can unwind as little animals fly around your head.
We’re talking about your garden, sure, but it’s not just on the outside of your home that you should focus. If you want to use your outdoor space as often as possible, then it’ll help if you’re effortlessly pushed out that way when you’re in your home. Instead of having a big wall dividing the inside and outside of your home, look at adding a set of French doors. You’ll be able to see your garden more easily, for starters, but it’ll also link the two. On warm days, you’ll be able to open them up wide and walk out into the sunshine.
In the Summertime Fun
Finally, look at adding the summertime fun! This can include a BBQ, games, a sound system…everything that will allow you to live well, essentially, and without leaving your property, too.